21SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: EU Foreign Ministers are reportedly set to agree to new sanctions on three firms from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, for breaching an arms embargo related to Libya.
  • AMERICAS: Confidential documents submitted by global banks to the US government reportedly show banks moving allegedly illicit funds despite red flags about the origins of these funds.
  • ASIA: Taiwan’s military said it has a right to self-defense and counter-attack, in what is being considered a warning to China after it sent numerous jets across the midline of the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
  • EUROPE: A Bulgarian court handed down a life imprisonment sentence to two men over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country’s Burgas airport.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s currency declined to a record low as the US said it was ready to enforce all international sanctions against Tehran, and as most of the world dismissed the US announcement for now.
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: The United Nations is set to officially mark its 75th anniversary, a day ahead of the opening of the general debate of the 75th UN General Assembly.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Australian reporter Matthew Carney, who previously was stationed in China, said that both he and his daughter were threatened with detention prior to their leaving China two years earlier.

 

Top Story

  • Thailand: Plaque challenging monarchy disappears from near palace.
    • A plaque commemorating the struggles for democracy in Thailand at the Sanam Luang field in capital Bangkok, where tens of thousands of people rallied peacefully over the weekend, was removed by authorities.
    • The plaque, which was installed at the field near the royal Grand Palace just a day earlier, included a declaration by anti-government protesters that Thailand “belongs to the people, and not the king”.
    • The anti-government protesters also called for reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and submitted a letter to the palace calling for a new government and constitutional amendments.
    • Bangkok police said they were investigating the plaque’s disappearance, adding that they may charge those behind the symbolic gesture.
    • Reporting: DPA, Reuters, BBC, AP

 

Africa

  • Libya: EU Foreign Ministers are reportedly set to agree to new sanctions on three firms from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, for breaching an arms embargo related to the country. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: The country’s health workers agreed to suspend a week-long strike over coronavirus hazard pay and inadequate facilities. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Government officials are set to meet with US officials during a visit to the UAE, and discuss the country’s removal from the US list of state sponsors of terror. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro says he will undergo surgery to remove a bladder stone this week. (Reuters)
  • Canada: The country’s most populous province, Ontario, announced new coronavirus restrictions and measures amid a surge in new coronavirus cases. (Guardian)
  • Honduras: President Juan Orlando Hernandez said the country will try and move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of this year. (Reuters)
  • United States: Confidential documents submitted by global banks to the government reportedly show banks moving allegedly illicit funds despite red flags about the origins of these funds. (Reuters

 

Asia  

  • Region: Indian and Chinese military leaders are holding another round of discussions to defuse a tense months long standoff along their disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region. (AP
  • Region: Taiwan’s military said it has a right to self-defense and counter-attack, in what is being considered a warning to China after it sent numerous jets across the midline of the sensitive Taiwan Strait. (Reuters)
  • China: The country’s Air Force released a video depicting nuclear-capable H-6 bombers conducting a simulated attack on what is seemingly the US Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The Foreign Ministry said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first phone call with US President Donald Trump, during which the two leaders agreed to strengthen the relationship between their countries. (DPA)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that, with the exception of Auckland, the country lowered the coronavirus alert setting as it was making progress towards the elimination of the coronavirus once again. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Bulgaria: A court handed down a life imprisonment sentence to two men over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country’s Burgas airport. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Prime Minister Viktor Orban endorsed US President Donald Trump for the US presidential election, saying his rival Democrats forced a “moral imperialism” on the world that leaders like him reject. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The residents of some of the poorer areas in capital city Madrid protested the government’s new coronavirus lockdown. (BBC)
  • Switzerland: Hundreds of protesters occupied a square near the parliament building in Bern, in what they say is an attempt to highlight government inaction on climate change. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: The country’s currency declined to a record low as the US said it was ready to enforce all international sanctions against Tehran, and as most of the world dismissed the US announcement for now. (WaPo)
  • Israel: A court approved the extradition of a former teacher who is wanted in Australia over child sex abuse charges, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial in Australia after a six-year legal battle. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib urged all political factions to cooperate in the effort to create a new government for the country and so that the French initiative succeeds immediately. (Reuters

 

Global Issues

  • UN: The United Nations is set to officially mark its 75th anniversary, a day ahead of the opening of the general debate of the 75th UN General Assembly. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Australian reporter Matthew Carney, who was previously stationed in China, said that both he and his daughter were threatened with detention prior to their leaving China two years earlier. (AP)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Dolphin
      • Location: 651 nautical miles S-SW of Yokosuka, Japan
      • Wind: 50 mph
      • Movement: N-NE at 5 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location: 195 miles S-SE of Bermuda
      • Wind: 105 mph
      • Movement: N at 5 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location: 110 miles E-SE of Fort Connor, Texas
      • Wind: 60 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 5 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 21SEP20: 31,079,041 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 21SEP20: 21,264,218
      • Deaths as of 21SEP20: 960,992
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115 
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (22SEP20)

  • Global: The UN General Assembly’s high-level debate will be held. (to 29SEP)
  • Global: The Trade Ministers of G20 countries will hold a virtual meeting.
  • Global: The UN Conference on Trade and Development’s annual global trade and development report will be released.
  • Europe: Russian armed forces, as well as the militaries of Belarus, China, Armenia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Iran, to conduct military exercises in Russia’s Caucasus region. (to 26SEP)
  • Europe: The European Court of Justice will rule on Austria’s complaint against the European Commission’s decision to approve state funding for the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.
  • Bulgaria: Anti-government protests are expected to take place in the capital city Sofia.
  • Mali: Independence Day – 1960
  • Panama: The government will review its coronavirus related suspension of international flights.
  • Saudi Arabia: Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud will speak at the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting.
  • Sudan: The new tentative date for the trial of the country’s former strongman leader Omar al-Bashir.
  • Thailand: Public sector representatives, led by human rights NGO iLaw, are expected to deliver a petition signed by 70,000 people proposing constitutional amendments to Parliament. The legislature is then expected to discuss the petition for two days. (to 24SEP)
  • Ukraine: The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will visit and meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and Defense Minister Andrii Taran.
  • United Kingdom: The Labour Party will hold its annual conference in the form of an online event called “Connected”. 
  • United Kingdom: Parliament is expected to vote on the controversial new bill proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that overrides part of the country’s EU withdrawal agreement.
  • United States: The Senate Foreign Committee will deliberate on ambassadorial nominations. 
  • United States: The Senate Transportation subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Coast Guard’s capabilities in the Arctic.
  • United States: The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s strategy in Afghanistan.
  • United States: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold a hearing on human rights and democratic values in Asia.

 

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20SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Libyan Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000
  • AMERICAS: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election.
  • ASIA:  New Delhi police have arrested a veteran Indian journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border.
  • EUROPE: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States.

 

Top Story

  • Thailand: Largest pro-democracy protests in years take place in the nation. 
    • In a significant act of defiance against the ruling government, student protest leaders submitted a letter to the palace calling for reforms to the institution, a new government, and a rewrite of the constitution.
    • Anti-government protesters have installed a plaque declaring Thailand “belongs to the people” in a sign of opposition to the monarchy.
    • A demonstration by thousands of protesters in the capital city of Bangkok is ending after demands for King Maha Vajiralongkorn were handed over to police, one of the protest leaders announced.
    • Anti-government protesters declared “victory” after handing in their demands. 
    • Reporting: DPA, BBC, Reuters, CNN,  

 

Africa

  • Libya: The Coast Guard rescued 128 illegal migrants off the country’s western coast, authorities said. (Xinhua)  
  • Libya: The National Center for Disease Control reported 796 additional COVID-19 cases, as the total confirmed cases in the country exceeded 27,000. (Xinhua)  
  • Nigeria: The country’s economic hub Lagos is set to reopen gyms and cinemas after months of shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Xinhua)  

 

Americas

  • Canada: John Turner, a Liberal Party politician who served shortly as the justice and finance ministers before being the country’s 17th prime minister, has died at age 91, his family reported. (AP)  
  • Mexico: A court has unfrozen the bank accounts of a local company blacklisted by the United States for trading in oil with Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA despite U.S. sanctions, the national anti-money laundering unit reported. (Reuters)  
  • United States: President Trump said that he will nominate a woman in the next week to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a critical political battle that could transform the nation’s highest court and affect the presidential election. (AP)  

 

Asia  

  • Region: Police said that they have taken into custody a North Korean defector for attempting to cross into his homeland through a military unit in an eastern border town. (YNA)  
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents launched offensives on Shuhada and Khash districts of northern Badakhshan province early, but the attacks have been repulsed, according to the provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari. (Xinhua
  • India: New Delhi police have arrested a veteran journalist on suspicion of being a Chinese spy, as the two countries continue their military stand-off over their disputed Himalayan border. (FT)  
  • South Korea: All kindergartens and schools in Seoul and its adjacent areas will resume limited in-person classes this week, the education ministry reported, as the spread of COVID-19 is showing signs of slowing down. (YNA)  

 

Europe

  • Region: The European Union wants to equip itself with new abilities to punish large technology companies, the Financial Times reported. (Reuters)  
  • Germany: The domestic humanitarian aid organization Sea-Eye has stated that its Alan Kurdi rescue ship had picked up more than 100 migrants trying to reach Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. (DPA)  
  • Russia: More than 60,000 people have applied to volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine trials in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with the Nedelya v Gorode program on Russian TV. (TASS
  • Russia: The nation reported 6,148 new COVID-19 cases, the second straight day when the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, taking the national tally of infections to 1,103,399. (Reuters)  

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation registered an additional 128 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 101,900, said its Health Ministry. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N sanctions on the nation had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue. (Reuters
  • Yemen: Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by the Iran-aligned Houthis movement hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region, state media reported. (Reuters)  

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: TikTok owner Bytedance announced that it was the first time it had heard in the news it was setting up a $5 billion education fund in the United States. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location:27N 92.7W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:60 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Wilfred
      • Location:15N 42W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map 
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location:28N 62W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:115 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20SEP20: 30,800,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 20SEP20: 21,059,531
      • Deaths as of 20SEP20: 957,316
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 11SEP20: 115 
      • Probable Cases as of 11SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 11SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (21SEP20)

  • Global: U.N. Private Sector Forum
  • Global: United Nations Security Council mandates expire for the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) and the Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
  • United States: CBO releases long-term budget outlook

 

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06SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. 
  • ASIA: The next Japanese prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said. 
  • EUROPE: Germany will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The heads of the two biggest Israeli banks will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. 
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Protests over police brutality continue throughout the United States
    • Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, WI, asked for calm from a hospital bed in a video appeal released by his lawyer. 
    • Protesters in Portland threw fire bombs at police and at least one person was injured, police said, on the 100th day of demonstrations in Oregon city over racial injustice and police brutality.   
    • New York’s attorney general moved to create a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died earlier this year after Rochester police placed a hood over his head and forced him down.
    • Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky gathered to  demand justice for Breonna Taylor as Derby day, the most famous day in American horse-racing, takes place in the city.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, AP, The Guardian  

 

Africa

  • Region: The African Union (AU) Commission disclosed an urgent need to collect illicit weapons in possession of civilians in Africa. An estimated 40 million weapons are presently under the possession of civilians across the continent. (Xinhua)  
  • Mali: Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment. (AP)  
  • Tunisia: Three Islamist insurgents stabbed two policemen in the coastal resort city of Sousse, killing one of them, and were killed by police. (Reuters

 

Americas

  • Colombia: The nation registered 8,394 new COVID-19 cases and 268 more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the country’s total to 658,456 cases and 21,156 fatalities. (Xinhua
  • United States: The California Independent System Operator (ISO) announced a “Stage 2” power emergency, warning that rotating power outages were possible during a record heat wave. (Reuters)
  • United States: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is alleging in a new book that Trump made insulting remarks about Black world leaders including former South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as about U.S. minorities in general. (Reuters

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan;  Eight insurgents have been confirmed dead as military planes attacked a gathering of Taliban militants in Charbolak district of northern Balkh district. (Xinhua)  
  • Japan: The next prime minister could demand a snap general election shortly after taking office next week, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said on Sunday. (Reuters)  
  • Japan: Haishen, the second powerful typhoon to hit the nation in a week, unleashed intense winds and rain on southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it moves northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. (AP)  
  • South Korea: The country is planning for “tailored” support for some of the country’s households and self-employed that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, top government and ruling party officials reported. (YNA

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Large numbers of protesters are expected to gather in the nation to call for longtime President Alexander Lukashenko to resign, nearly a month after disputed elections. (DPA)  
  • Germany: The government will discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny if the Kremlin does not give an explanation soon, the foreign minister reported. (The Guardian
  • Russia: The nation reported 5,195 new COVID-19 cases taking its total to 1,025,505, the fourth largest in the world. (Reuters)  
  • United Kingdom: The Brexit negotiations will end soon unless the EU realizes the country is serious about no-deal, government sources have warned. (Telegraph

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation recorded 130 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total infections in the country to 99,712. (Xinhua)  
  • Israel: Domestic chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor (TSEM.TA) said some of its systems were affected by a cyber attack and it is now putting on hold some servers and manufacturing operations. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The heads of the two biggest banks in the nation will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month, the first visit since the two countries agreed to normalize relations. (Reuters

 

Tech & Communications

  • Space: An experimental reusable spacecraft launched into orbit two days ago by China has successfully returned to earth, possibly aiding the ability to cheaply conduct round-trips to space. (Reuters)  

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Super Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 29.3N 130E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind: 110 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Julio
      • Location: 17.6N 106W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind: 45 mph
      • Map 
  • Earthquakes
    • M 6.6 – central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
      • 2020-09-06 06:51:19 (UTC)7.700°N 37.239°W10.0 km depth
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06SEP20: 26,906,338
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 06SEP20: 17,963,927
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 880,008
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 30AUG20: 103 
      • Probable Cases as of 30AUG20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 47
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (07SEP20)

  • Asia-Pacific/South Asia: Malaysia to ban the entry of citizens from Indonesia, India and the Philippines in light of COVID-19 infections uptick.
  • Europe: Serbia-Kosovo negotiations to be held in Brussels.
  • Europe: Brexit talks to be held in London.
  • MENA/Europe: Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis to visit Iran.
  • China: to reveal export figures for August
  • Israel: The nation will implement new lockdowns in ‘red zone’ cities with high COVID-19 mortality rates.
  • Pakistan: The government will decide whether or not to re-open schools after COVID-19 related closure

 

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30AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) stressed the need for an inclusive return to the country’s political process.
  • AMERICAS: The United States’ top intelligence official has told lawmakers it will largely stop holding in-person briefings on election security, signaling that it does not trust lawmakers to keep the information secret.
  • ASIA: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is expected to run in the ruling party leadership race to replace Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Kyodo news agency reported, citing an unnamed source.
  • EUROPE: Voters in Montenegro are casting ballots in a tense election pitting the long-ruling pro-Western party against the opposition that desires closer ties with Serbia and Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel hopes to hold a signing ceremony in Washington for its normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates by mid-September, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet stated.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival as a company, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

 

Top Story

  • United States: Protest and fighting between Pro-BLM and Pro-Trump groups continue across the nation 
    • One person is dead after a shooting in downtown Portland Saturday night in the aftermath of fighting between pro-Trump and Black Lives Matter protesters, the city’s police department confirmed in a statement.
    • Approximately 1,000 people joined a march in Kenosha, Wisconsin, chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” as U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to visit the affected city next week.
    • Police said they are not releasing suspect information on the Portland shooting at this time and are asking anyone who was a witness or had the first-hand video of the shooting to contact investigators.
    • Reporting: WaPo, Reuters, CNN,

 

Africa

  • Libya: The United Nations Support Mission in the nation stressed the need for an inclusive return to the political process in the country. (Xinhua
  • Sudan: The government called for raising the negotiation on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) from the ministerial level to the head of state. (Xinhua
  • Tanzania: The ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi held a rally to mark the launch of President John Magufuli’s re-election bid in the country’s capital Dodoma. (Xinhua)

 

Americas

  • Argentina: National health authorities said that 401,239 COVID-19 cases have been reported nationwide, with 8,353 deaths. (Xinhua
  • United States: President Donald Trump visited areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Laura. (DPA
  • United States: The United States’ top intelligence official has told lawmakers it will largely stop holding in-person briefings on election security, signaling that it does not trust lawmakers to keep the information secret. (The Guardian)

 

Asia

  • India: The nation reported the biggest single-day jump in coronavirus infections of any nation in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the epicenter shifts to the South Asian country. (Reuters
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will join the race to replace Shinzo Abe as prime minister, Kyodo news agency reported, citing an unnamed source. (Reuters
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, thanked Aucklanders who came out of lockdown for their commitment to suppressing the latest COVID-19 flare-up after two cases were confirmed in the city. (The Guardian
  • Taiwan: The president of the Czech Senate arrived in the nation on a visit that has caused sharp criticism from China. (AP)

 

Europe

  • Germany: The Bundestag, or lower house of the parliament in Berlin, will step up its COVID-19-related security measures after the summer break because of its increasing number of infections. (DPA
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 785 to 241,771, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters
  • Montenegro: Voters in the nation are casting ballots in a tense election that is pitting the long-ruling pro-Western party against the opposition, which desires closer ties with Serbia and Russia. (AP
  • Russia: More than 211,500 people remain under medical supervision over a suspected COVID-19 infection, the sanitary watchdog reported. (TASS)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel hopes to hold a signing ceremony in Washington for its normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates by mid-September, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet stated. (Reuters
  • Egypt: The nation reported 212 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total infections in the country to 98,497, the Health Ministry announced. (Xinhua
  • Israel: The army said it has retaliated against explosive balloons launched from Gaza by firing at Hamas facilities. (DPA)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival as a company, the Financial Times newspaper reported. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Bavi
      • Location:39.1N 124.8E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location:18.4N 129.1E
      • Movement: NNE
      • Wind:85 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 30AUG20: 24,765,771
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 30AUG20: 16,212,865
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 837,700
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 23AUG20: 98 
      • Probable Cases as of 23AUG20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 23AUG20: 44
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (31AUG20)

  • Malaysia: National COVID-19 recovery movement control order to conclude.
  • Philippines: COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine measures to expire in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
  • Romania: Parliament to hold a no-confidence vote against the government
  • Europe/MENA: French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Lebanon.
  • Lebanon: Parliamentary consultations to begin to decide on the next prime minister.
  • MENA: Navtex for Turkish exploration with Oruc Reis vessel to end.

 

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