28OCT20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Voting officially started in Tanzania’s presidential election and is already marred by deadly violence and opposition accusations of manipulation.
  • AMERICAS: Tropical Storm Zeta is set to make landfall upon the US Gulf Coast as a hurricane.
  • ASIA: The Australian city of Melbourne, the country’s second-largest, emerged from a 111-day long coronavirus lockdown.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce some form of new coronavirus lockdown amid a growing coronavirus death toll and a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling hospitals across the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar issued an apology for its authorities forcibly examining passengers on a flight heading towards Australia.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: US President Donald Trump’s election campaign website was “defaced” by an “attack”, as his campaign said it was working with law enforcement to identify who was behind the incident.

 

Top Story

  • Europe: Turkish leaders condemn French caricature of Turkey’s Erdogan.
    • Turkey’s government condemned France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine for “cultural racism” after the satirical magazine mocked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the cover of its latest issue.
    • Turkish government officials also accused Charlie Hebdo’s cover of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity.”, and accused French President Emmanuel Macron of an “anti-Muslim agenda”.
    • Additionally, the office of Turkish President Erdogan said “that necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against this cartoon”.
    • Turkey and France are involved in a row in recent weeks after Ankara took umbrage at President Macron’s recent characterization of Islam as a religion “in crisis”, as well as after Paris took anti-Islamist measures following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class a photo of the Prophet Muhammed.
    • Turkish President Erdogan also sought to lead the criticism of France by Muslim countries among anti-France protests and condemnations of France by political leaders across the Muslim world after French President Macron took measures to protect his country’s secular values against radical Islam.
    • Reporting: Reuters, Bloomberg, AP, AFP, DPA, BBC, NYT

 

Africa

  • Egypt: President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said freedom of expression stops if it offends 1.5 billion people across the world, referring to the recent extremist killing of a teacher in France who showed his class an image of the Prophet Muhammed. (Reuters
  • Libya: The UN Security Council ratified the recently agreed ceasefire agreement between the country’s warring factions. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa is self-quarantining after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person at a dinner last weekend. (DPA)
  • Tanzania: Voting officially started in the country’s presidential election and is already marred by deadly violence and opposition accusations of manipulation. (AP

 

Americas

  • Bolivia: Exiled former President Evo Morales urged for calm in the country after a group of right-wing protesters demanded a “military junta” be installed in place of socialist president-elect Luis Arce’s government. (AFP)
  • Canada: The lawyers of Huawei official Meng Wanzhou questioned a federal policeman on why he waited for three hours before arresting the Huawei executive on a US warrant. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The country’s legislature voted in favor of a controversial proposed law mandating prison sentences for those who use online platforms to spread false information. (AP)
  • United States: Tropical Storm Zeta is set to make landfall upon the country’s Gulf Coast as a hurricane. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, who escaped to self-exile in Spain from the Spanish embassy in capital city Caracas, pledged to fight to “free” the country. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Region: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China was operating as a “predator” in Sri Lanka at the beginning of his visit to the island nation. (Reuters)
  • Region: Australia announced that the Pacific island country of Palau will build an undersea telecoms cable that will be jointly-financed by Australia, Japan, and the US. (Reuters)
  • Australia: The city of Melbourne, the country’s second-largest, emerged from a 111-day long coronavirus lockdown. (NYT)
  • China: Senior government official Li Gao accused the US of breaking promises and deflecting blame in the fight against climate change. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport overtook London’s Heathrow airport to become Europe’s largest airport amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Guardian)
  • Region: The WHO said that Europe’s daily coronavirus deaths rose by almost 40% compared to the previous week, with France, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and Russia accounting for most cases. (BBC)
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce some form of new coronavirus lockdown amid a growing coronavirus death toll and a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling hospitals across the country. (AP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to pursue new coronavirus measures restrictions such as fresh shutdowns on the leisure, sports and food and drink sectors, at a meeting with the country’s state premiers. (AFP)
  • Poland: A women’s strike is being held in the country by those opposed to the recent court ruling that introduced a near-total ban on abortion in the country. (BBC)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Israel and Lebanon started the second round of UN and US-backed discussions over their maritime border disputes. (AFP)
  • Iran: International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said the country started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant near the Natanz nuclear facility. (RFE-RL)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office indicated that the US is set to lift its ban on US funding of the country’s research projects in the West Bank and Golan Heights regions. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: Doha issued an apology for its authorities forcibly examining passengers on a flight heading towards Australia. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: US President Donald Trump’s election campaign website was “defaced” by an “attack”, as his campaign said it was working with law enforcement to identify who was behind the incident. (Guardian)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Molave
      • Location: 38 nautical miles S-SE of Da Nang, Vietnam
      • Wind: 80 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 14 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Zeta
      • Location: 355 miles S-SW of New Orleans, Louisiana
      • Wind: 85 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 15 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 28OCT20: 44,010,870 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 28OCT20: 29,825,804
      • Deaths as of 28OCT20: 1,167,817
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 189
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 17OCT20: 119 
      • Probable Cases as of 17OCT20: 9 
      • Deaths as of 17OCT20: 53
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (29OCT20)

  • Global: The UN Security Council will hold its annual debate on women, peace and security.
  • Global: Sunni Muslims will observe the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, amid growing tensions between France and the Islamic world.
  • Asia: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. (to 30OCT)
  • Asia: The US and Vietnam government-sponsored Indo-Pacific Business Forum will be held virtually. 
  • Europe: The leaders of EU member countries will hold virtual informal discussions on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
  • Europe: The European Central Bank will make an interest rate announcement.
  • Europe: The Transport Ministers of EU member states will hold a meeting.
  • Bangladesh: A protest against French President Emmanuel Macron could potentially be held.
  • China: The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party will hold its 5th plenary session. 
  • China: The Defense Ministry is expected to hold a press conference.
  • Denmark: New face mask requirements will take effect.
  • Japan: The Bank of Japan will announce a monetary policy decision.
  • Jordan: The country will reopen its borders with Saudi Arabia and Israel. (to 31OCT)
  • Norway: New coronavirus measures and restrictions for capital city Oslo will take effect.
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin is expected to speak at the VTB Capital Investment Forum.
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to ask Parliament to extend the country’s coronavirus state of emergency to May 2021.
  • Turkey: Republic Day – 1923
  • United Kingdom: The government and the EU will resume Brexit discussions.
  • United States: The government is expected to publish its GDP data for Q3 2020.
  • United States: The German Marshall Fund of the United States will host an online discussion with Greece’s Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.
  • United States: Ireland’s Ambassador to Washington Daniel Mulhall will discuss Brexit during a CSIS think-tank online event. 
  • United States: Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and other government officials will take part in a press conference on the completion of 400 miles of a border wall.

 

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22SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The UN’s World Food Program warned of food insecurity in Mozambique due to growing violence in the country’s north by militants linked to the Islamic State.
  • AMERICAS: Canadian police searched an apartment linked to the person detained for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and five other addresses in the US.
  • ASIA: The Chinese government is reportedly pushing a growing number of rural workers in Tibet into military-style training centers to turn them into factory workers, in a program mirroring its program in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups branded as “coercive labor”.
  • EUROPE: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce new anti-coronavirus measures and restrictions just falling short of another national lockdown.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan signed a charter creating a new international forum, which will be based in Egypt, to promote natural gas exports from the eastern Mediterranean.
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: The UN’s first virtually-held general debate is set to begin, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin among the world leaders who are expected to speak.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Chinese tech company Tencent’s messaging app WeChat reportedly saw a surge in US downloads, after the US confirmed it would proceed with a planned ban of the app.

 

Top Story

  • China: Tycoon who denounced government’s coronavirus response sentenced to 18 years in jail.
    • Outspoken property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison for corruption by the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court, in a punishment that seems to be aimed at deterring dissent.
    • Ren, who is a former Chinese Communist Party member and a well-connected member of China’s main political and business circles, is known for his blunt criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
    • Earlier in the year, Ren wrote an essay criticizing the Chinese government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, following which both he and his son disappeared for a period of time.
    • Although Ren did not mention Xi directly in the essay, he wrote about a power-hungry “clown” in the essay.
    • Following his essay, Ren was placed under investigation by the Chinese Communist Party in April and expelled from the party altogether in July, after being accused of “colluding with his children to accumulate wealth without restraint.”
    • Reporting: BBC, WaPo, DPA, WSJ, NYT

 

Africa

  • Libya: Turkey said the EU’s decision to sanction Turkish shipping firm Avrasya Shipping, which is accused of breaking a UN arms embargo to Tripoli, showed the EU’s double standard and biased stance. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Former Defense Minister and retired Colonel Major Bah N’Daw was named President by the country’s military junta. (VOA)
  • Mozambique: The UN’s World Food Program warned of food insecurity in the country due to growing violence in the country’s north by militants linked to the Islamic State. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Region: Canadian police searched an apartment linked to the person detained for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and five other addresses in the US. (Reuters)
  • Region: The US announced it will offer a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Wilver Villegas Palomino, a leader of the ELN rebel group in Colombia. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The country saw some of the worst violence this weekend since a 2016 peace deal, leaving at least 10 people dead, with authorities indicating the likelihood of FARC dissidents being responsible. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is now considered to be the top contender to be President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: Rescuers managed to free 25 of the 270 whales that are stranded near the island of Tasmania, as authorities confirmed that at least 90 of the remaining whales died. (Guardian)
  • China: The government is reportedly pushing a growing number of rural workers in Tibet into military-style training centers to turn them into factory workers, in a program mirroring its program in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups branded as “coercive labor”. (Reuters
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo ordered an acceleration of the construction of a deep sea port in the town of Subang on the island of Java, setting a goal of completing the first phase of the project by November. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen visited a military base on the Penghu islands and said she would not allow other countries to “show off” in her country’s airspace, in a clear reference to Chinese jets that recently entered the island’s territory. (DPA)
  • Vietnam: Twenty people were imprisoned for the bombing of a police station in Ho Chi Minh City in June 2018, according to state media reports. (AFP)

 

Europe

  • Italy: Exit polls of a referendum on the size of Parliament show voters backing the reduction of Parliament by more than a third. (BBC)
  • Poland: Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said the government is making efforts to secure the supply of flu vaccines from international producers after a national shortage of the vaccines emerged due to increased demand for them amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP)
  • Turkey: Former Kurdish lawmaker Sebahat Tuncel, who is currently in jail on terrorism charges, was given an additional prison sentence for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce new anti-coronavirus measures and restrictions just falling short of another national lockdown. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan signed a charter creating a new international forum, which will be based in Egypt, to promote natural gas exports from the eastern Mediterranean. (Reuters)
  • Region: Over half a dozen supporters of exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan were arrested by Palestinian security forces. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The US imposed new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals linked to Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. (VOA)
  • Israel: The Cabinet approved a new $3 billion aid package for businesses and self-employed workers due to the country’s second coronavirus lockdown. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The Red Cross opened a new field hospital in the city of Aden, which will be used specifically to treat coronavirus patients. (AP)

 

Global Issues

  • UN: The UN’s first virtually-held general debate is set to begin, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin among the world leaders who are expected to speak. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Chinese tech company Tencent’s messaging app WeChat reportedly saw a surge in US downloads, after the US confirmed it would proceed with a planned ban of the app. (Reuters

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Tropical Storm Dolphin
      • Location: 493 nautical miles S-SW of Yokosuka, Japan
      • Wind: 70 mph
      • Movement: N at 8 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Teddy
      • Location: 435 miles S of Halifax, Canada
      • Wind: 100 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 24 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Beta
      • Location: 35 miles N-NW of Fort Connor, Texas
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: NW at 3 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22SEP20: 31,337,352 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 22SEP20: 21,516,481
      • Deaths as of 22SEP20: 965,250
      • 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 (23SEP20)

  • Global: The UN General Assembly’s high-level debate will be held. (to 29SEP)
  • Global: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Business Forum will be held virtually.
  • Global: The UN’s International Day of Sign Languages – 2018
  • 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: Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Italy, marking his first foreign visit since his recent reelection, and meet with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. President Duda will also visit the Vatican City and meet with Pope Francis before ending his trip. (to 25SEP)
  • Europe: The European Central Bank’s governing council will hold a non-monetary policy meeting.
  • Europe: The European Commission is expected to unveil migration and asylum policy reform proposals.
  • China: The government will end its suspension on issuing tourist visas.
  • Germany: Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is expected to present a draft 2021 budget to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet ministers.
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi National Day – 1932
  • 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)
  • United States: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will deliberate over the nomination of Chad Wolf to be Secretary of Homeland Security.
  • United States: The traditional First Nail Ceremony will be held, marking the start of construction of the 2021 Presidential Inaugural platform.
  • United States: The White House will extend the national emergency with respect to terrorism pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, for another year.
  • United States: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the role of allies and partners in US military strategy and operations.
  • United States: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to deliver remarks at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

 

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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

 

END

15SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Human rights groups say Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s critics are being thrown in jail and denied bail.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Sally continues to move closer to the US Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rains and surging water ahead of its expected landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.
  • ASIA: An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that entered its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and has remained there since for almost three days.
  • EUROPE: Germany is reportedly set to admit an additional 1,500 migrants who are currently living in Greece.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran warned the US to “not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” after US President Donald Trump threatened the country following reports Tehran plans to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook says it is launching a new climate science information center to provide its users facts and resources about climate change.

 

Top Story

  • Middle East: The UAE and Bahrain to sign historic deal with Israel at the White House.
    • US President Donald Trump is set to preside over a ceremony at the White House that will see the historic signing of diplomatic agreements between Israel and the UAE, and separately Israel and Bahrain.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani will sign the diplomatic agreements for their respective countries.
    • More than 700 people are expected to attend the ceremony at the White House.
    • The diplomatic agreements will see both the UAE and Bahrain formally establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and will be the first such major agreement between Arab countries and Israel in 25 years.
    • Prior to the UAE and Bahrain normalizing ties with Israel, only two countries in the region – Egypt and Jordan – had normalized ties with Israel.
    • Reporting: Reuters, DPA, AP

 

Africa

  • Libya: The UN’s migration agency said a boat with migrants on-board capsized off the country’s coast leaving at least two dozen people drowned or missing and presumed dead. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Health workers in the country went on strike just one week after doctors staged a walk out, and are demanding hazard allowance for treating coronavirus patients. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Human rights groups say President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s critics are being thrown in jail and denied bail. (AP)

 

Americas

  • Region: The Chief Prosecutor of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro’s regime charged a US citizen, Matthew John Heath, with terrorism and weapons trafficking, alleging him of plotting attacks against Venezuela’s oil industry and electricity system. (VOA)
  • Brazil: Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was charged with money laundering by the Operation Car Wash investigation’s prosecutors, less than a year after the Supreme Court freed him for a jail sentence for a different case. (AP)
  • Haiti: Hundreds of police officers and their supporters, many of whom were armed, set cars on fire in the capital Port-au-Prince during a protest for higher salaries and the release of a colleague. (AFP)
  • Panama: Police are investigating a mass grave in the country’s remote north-western indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé region, which they say contains the remains of people killed by a religious sect. (BBC)
  • United States: Hurricane Sally continues to move closer to the Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rains and surging water ahead of its expected landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. (Reuters)

 

Asia  

  • Region: India says China is installing a network of fiber optic cables at flashpoints on their borders in the western Himalayas, despite high-level talks aimed at resolving recent military standoffs. (Reuters)
  • Region: An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that entered its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and has remained there since for almost three days. (AP)
  • China: The US issued a new travel advisory warning against going to the country and Hong Kong due to the risk of “arbitrary detention” and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” (AP)

 

Europe

  • Region: Germany is reportedly set to admit an additional 1,500 migrants who are currently living in Greece. (DPA)
  • Azerbaijan: Leading opposition figure Tofig Yagiblu’s hunger strike in jail entered its second week. (Eurasianet)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed the criticism of his plan to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s Brexit agreement with the European Union, calling the plan “an insurance policy.” (AP)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Tehran warned the US to “not make a new strategic mistake and certainly in the case of any strategic mistake, they will witness Iran’s decisive response,” after US President Donald Trump threatened the country following reports Tehran plans to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The military said it is stepping-up its cooperation with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in its fight against the Islamic State at the country’s border with Syria. (VOA)
  • Lebanon: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that France’s attempt to resolve the country’s crisis would be in vain if it does not tackle the issue of Iran-backed Hezbollah’s weapons in the country. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Germany, Denmark and other Western countries expressed concern over the government’s detention of women activists and called for justice to be delivered to journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A US airstrike in the country’s northwest reportedly killed prominent Tunisian jihadist Sayyaf al-Tunsi. (AFP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook says it is launching a new climate science information center to provide its users facts and resources about climate change. (NBC)

 

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes
    • Hurricane Sally
      • Location: 115 miles S-SE of Biloxi, Mississippi
      • Wind: 85 mph
      • Movement: W-NW at 2 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Russia
      • Location: 13 km W-NW of Esso, Russia
      • Magnitude: 6.4
      • Depth: 329.7 km
      • Map
    • Fiji
      • Location: 149 km N-NE of Labasa, Fiji
      • Magnitude: 6.1
      • Depth: 10 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14SEP20: 29,026,240 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 14SEP20: 19,644,664
      • Deaths as of 14SEP20: 924,643 
      • 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 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (16SEP20)

  • Global: The Environment Ministers of G20 countries will hold an online meeting.
  • Global: The OECD will release its interim Economic Outlook report.
  • Global: The UN Security Council will discuss the situation in Syria.
  • Americas: The Pan American Health Organization is expected to hold a press conference on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the region.
  • Europe: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver an EU State of the Union address before the European Parliament.
  • Europe: The European Parliament will hold a plenary session. (to 17SEP)
  • Europe: Education Ministers of EU member-states will hold an informal meeting. (to 17SEP)
  • Greece: The Economist will hold its 24th Roundtable with the Greek government in Athens, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Hatzidakis, and opposition leader Alexis Tsipras all set to attend, with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expected to attend virtually.
  • Japan: Parliament is expected to vote in favor of new Liberal Democratic party leader Yoshihide Suga becoming the country’s next Prime Minister.  
  • Mexico: Independence Day – 1810
  • Papua New Guinea: Independence Day – 1975
  • United States: The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee will hold a meeting.
  • United States: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Mying-hee to visit and discuss her WTO leadership bid and South Korea-US economic ties. (to 18SEP)
  • United States: CDC and HHS officials will testify to the Senate on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • United States: The Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee will discuss the authorization of subpoenas to individuals linked to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  

 

END

13SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The leader of the Mali military junta government, Colonel Assimi Goita, vowed to establish an 18-month transition government, at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup.
  • AMERICAS: Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot multiple times, apparently in an ambush, while in their patrol car near a Metro rail station.
  • ASIA: Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government start officially on September 13 and will possibly include a discussion of a lasting cease-fire, according to chief government negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. 
  • EUROPE: Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is proof that the European Union must get more realistic about confronting Russia. 
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighter jets attacked barracks and military sites of the armed Houthi movement in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya reported
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS:  LG Group, South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate, announced it had formed a research consortium with global partners to discover high-performance materials with artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technologies.

 

Top Story

  • Russia: Local elections are underway in the nation, in a test for Putin’s United Russia Party. 
    • Nearly 160,000 candidates compete for seats in local parliaments, and Governments are also facing elections in many regions.
    • Opposition activist Alexi Navalny has asked to undermine United Russia’s grip on regional power by urging his supporters to vote against it tactically before he fell gravely ill in a possible poisoning attempt.
    • For the election, the lowest turnout – 15.94% was recorded in the Irkutsk Region, and the highest turnout was in the Jewish Autonomous Region – 57.89%,” according to the CEC information center.
    • In a sign of growing public distrust, a nationwide survey by Russia’s most prominent independent pollster, Levada Centre, showed that more than a quarter of Russians – 29 percent – would participate in anti-government protests if held near their hometown.
    • Reporting: BBC, Reuters, TASS, DPA  

 

Africa

  • Cameroon: At least six civilians have been killed and ten others injured in a suicide attack in Zeleved, a locality in the Far North region, according to several security sources. (Xinhua)  
  • Mali: The leader of the current military junta government, Colonel Assimi Goita, vowed to establish an 18-month transition government, at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup. (AFP)  
  • Mauritius: Thousands of people protested in the island nation over the government’s handling of an offshore oil spill that has become the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst environmental disaster in years. (AP

 

Americas

  • Mexico: The total number of the COVID-19 confirmed cases in the nation increased 658,299, Mexico’s Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua
  • United States: Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shot multiple times, apparently in an ambush, while in their patrol car near a Metro rail station. (AP
  • United States: A group of protesters blocked at least two buses chartered by the NBA from entering the Walt Disney World campus briefly, with the group saying it wanted LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and other top players to take notice. (AP)  

 

Asia

  • Region: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun has expressed Washington’s support for building peace on the Korean Peninsula at a regional security forum, his office reported. (YNA)
  • Afghanistan: Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government are to start officially on September 13 and will possibly include a discussion of a lasting cease-fire, according to chief government negotiator Abdullah Abdullah. (RFE)
  • New Zealand: The nation reported two new cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said in a statement, with one health worker testing positive. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The country deported a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Southeast Asian country in 2014 after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Masked men in uniforms confronted a protest in Minsk attended by thousands of women demanding the removal of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. (DPA)
  • Czech Republic: The nation reported its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections for a third straight day, reporting 1,541 cases, according to Health Ministry data. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is proof that the European Union must get more realistic about confronting Russia. (RFE)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighter jets attacked barracks and military sites of the armed Houthi movement in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya reported. (Reuters
  • Region: The United Arab Emirates’ Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to a memorandum of understanding “to work together across a range of fields,” the UAE’s WAM news agency announced. (Reuters)
  • Oman: The government welcomes Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, state TV reported. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Artificial Intelligence: LG Group, South Korea’s fourth-largest conglomerate, announced it had formed a research consortium with global partners to discover high-performance materials with artificial intelligence (AI) and robot technologies. (YNA

 

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Sally
      • Location:22.5N 43.5W
      • Movement: NW
      • Wind:40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Paulette
      • Location:29.3N 60.4W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:75 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 13SEP20: 28,778,319
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 13SEP20: 19,469,198
      • Deaths as of 13SEP20: 920,544
      • 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 06SEP20: 106 
      • Probable Cases as of 06SEP20: 6 
      • Deaths as of 06SEP20: 48
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (14SEP20)

  • Europe/Asia-Pacific: EU-China virtual conference.
  • Europe: EU-UK free trade negotiations to resume in Brussels.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Grand Ethiopian Resistance Dam talks to begin.
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko to visit Russia, meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
  • Indonesia: Jakarta will begin a second COVID-19 lockdown.
  • Japan: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold a leadership election to choose a replacement for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Pakistan: Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances mandate to expire.
  • United Kingdom: Parliament to debate the Internal Market Bill.

 

END

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

 

END

02SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan can be  linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in neighboring Chad, just one week after it declared the continent free of wild polio.
  • AMERICAS: The US announced they will not join a global effort to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, partly since the World Health Organization is involved in the process.
  • ASIA: Australia’s economy fell into its first recession in almost 30 years, as it deals with the economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic.
  • EUROPE: Prosecutors in Russia asked Germany to provide information on the medical tests conducted on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Amnesty International accused Iran’s government of “a catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against detained demonstrators and others involved in the November 2019 antiestablishment protests.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook and Twitter say the FBI warned them of Russian state-backed Internet Research Agency setting up networks to spread disinformation on the social media websites.

 

Top Story

  • France: Trial of suspected accomplices of the Charlie Hebdo attack begins.
    • The trial of 14 suspects related to the January 2015 terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine started. 
    • The suspects are accused of being accomplices to the attack by providing help to the militant Islamist attackers who carried out the attacks, by buying weapons, cars, and helping with logistics
    • Eleven of the defendants are being tried at a court in Paris itself, while the other three defendants, who traveled to areas of Syria under the Islamic State’s control in 2015 and are possibly dead, are being tried in-absentia. 
    • Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo marked the start of the trial by reprinting a series of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked protests in several Muslim countries in the past.
    • Reporting: AP, BBC, Reuters, DPA

 

Africa

  • Region: The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan can be  linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in neighboring Chad, just one week after it declared the continent free of wild polio. (AP)
  • Mauritius: The government demanded up to 34 million dollars from Japan as compensation to the country’s fishermen affected by the recent oil spill that was caused by a Japanese vessel. (DPA)
  • Tunisia: Parliament approved Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi’s new politically independent and technocratic government, making it the country’s third government in less than a year. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Region: Mexico will “seek to find mutually satisfactory solutions” with the US, after Washington asked for discussions over the imports of perishable goods to protect US farmers. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Deltan Dallagnol, the prosecutor leading the “Operation Car Wash” corruption probe, resigned after six years in the role. (AFP)
  • Chile: Strikes by truck drivers in the country have affected the exports of salmon, fruit, meat and wine from the country to the US, Europe and Asia. (Reuters)
  • United States: The country announced they will not join a global effort to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a coronavirus vaccine, partly since the World Health Organization is involved in the process. (WaPo)

 

Asia  

  • Australia: The country’s economy fell into its first recession in almost 30 years, as it deals with the economic fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. (BBC)
  • Cambodia: Former Khmer Rouge senior figure Comrade Duch, who was convicted of crimes against humanity in the country, has died. (BBC)
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced he will contest for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and is now being seen as the favorite to become the country’s next Prime Minister. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The country is set to make changes to its passports due to instances of the country’s citizens being mistaken for Chinese citizens and facing restrictions that Chinese citizens face, according to Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Prosecutors in Russia asked Germany to provide information on the medical tests conducted on Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. (Reuters)
  • Region: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz rejected refugee distribution among EU countries as an option and said EU asylum reform should focus on protecting the bloc’s external borders, fighting against traffickers, and localized aid to prevent migration flows to EU countries. (DPA)
  • Bulgaria: Thousands of people staged a demonstration in front of the parliament building in capital Sofia, marking one of the biggest anti-government protests so far in two months of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Government officials confirmed the first coronavirus case in the country’s largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, where nearly 13,000 asylum seekers live in unsanitary conditions. (AFP)
  • Norway: The government’s quarterly public spending was more than the government’s overall income between April and June, marking the government’s first deficit in 25 years. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Iran: Amnesty International accused the government of “a catalogue of shocking human rights violations” against detained demonstrators and others involved in the November 2019 antiestablishment protests. (RFE-RL)
  • Iraq: French President Emmanuel Macron landed in the country for an official visit. (DPA)
  • Israel: The police said one of their officers shot and wounded a Palestinian driver who attempted to run over and stab security personnel in the West Bank. (AP)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook and Twitter say the FBI warned them of Russian state-backed Internet Research Agency setting up networks to spread disinformation on the social media websites. (NYT)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 336 nautical miles South of Iwo To, Japan
      • Wind: 75 mph
      • Movement: W at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location: 236 nautical miles S-SW of Busan, South Korea
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N at 11 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes
    • Tropical Storm Nana
      • Location: 210 miles E-NE of Limon, Honduras
      • Wind: 60 mph
      • Movement: W at 16 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes
    • Chile
      • Location: 95 km NW of Vallenar, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.5
      • Depth: 14.3 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 02SEP20: 25,773,958 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 02SEP20: 17,088,314
      • Deaths as of 02SEP20: 857,552 
      • 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 (03SEP20)

  • Global: Senior Chinese foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi will visit Myanmar, Spain and Greece. (to 04SEP)
  • Global: G20 Foreign Ministers will hold a virtual extraordinary meeting.
  • Global: Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to hold a meeting in Russia. (to 04SEP)
  • Europe: European pharmaceutical industry leaders are expected to deliver a briefing over their efforts to develop anti-coronavirus drugs.
  • Europe: EU’s top court is expected to deliver a ruling in the case of a French bid for Berlusconi family’s media firm’s shares.
  • Europe: The WHO is expected to hold a press conference on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Argentina: Former Spanish minister Rodolfo Martín Villa is expected to testify online over crimes against humanity related to the 1976 Vitoria massacre in Spain. 
  • Belarus: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit.
  • France: The government will introduce its coronavirus economic recovery plan.
  • Germany: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will visit and meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Jamaica: Parliamentary elections will be held in the country.
  • Qatar: Independence Day – 1971
  • San Marino: Founding of the Republic/Feast of Saint Marinus – 301
  • Slovakia: A verdict is expected in the murder trial of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in 2018.
  • United States: President Donald Trump to visit Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
  • Zimbabwe: The corruption trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to be held. (to 04SEP)

 

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Chirp Chirp – 02 September 2020

Trade matters, because jobs matter. Even with our strongest allies trade matters. As do mutually beneficial safeguards.

One almost wonders if the announcement of a COVID19 vaccine by Moscow was really a crude attempt at deception and deflection away from the Navalny poisoning.

01SEP20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s Parliament is set to vote on Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s proposed politically independent, technocratic cabinet.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was diagnosed with a kidney stone and is set to undergo surgery to remove it.
  • ASIA: Ethnic Mongolians in China’s north staged rare protests against government measures reducing the teaching of the Mongolian language in favor of Chinese.
  • EUROPE: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit and meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and is expected to be met with protests against China’s Hong Kong policy in capital Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman fired Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Said from his role as the Commander of Joint Forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, as part of a corruption probe.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who has been openly critical of President Xi Jinping, was detained in China without any charges.

 

Top Story

  • Hong Kong: City begins mass coronavirus testing amid criticism.
    • The city’s government started a free universal Covid-19 testing program which was criticized for being ineffective by a health workers union and is facing a boycott after activists raised concern it could be misused for surveillance.
    • The program is the first direct help from China’s health officials to the city, and will see a team of 60 workers from mainland China conducting the coronavirus tests.
    • More than 500,000 people in the city of 7.5 million have currently signed-up for the program that has become another political flash point in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
    • The number of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong remains comparatively low, with the city reporting just under 5,000 confirmed infections until now.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, BBC

 

Africa

  • Guinea: The country’s ruling party confirmed that President Alpha Conde will seek a controversial third term in office after months of speculation. (AFP)
  • Namibia: The country’s flagship Hosea Kutako International Airport reopened and is making preparations for the resumption of international flights. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Parliament is set to vote on Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s proposed politically independent, technocratic cabinet. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The country’s state-owned companies, the Post Office and broadcaster SABC, requested billions of rand in financial support citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro was diagnosed with a kidney stone and is set to undergo surgery to remove it. (AFP)
  • Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government reached an agreement in principle with both Novavax and Johnson & Johnson for supplies of their experimental coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Embattled President Nicolas Maduro said he was pardoning more than 100 people including dozens of political opponents who are either in prison or in exile. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • China: Ethnic Mongolians in the country’s north staged rare protests against government measures reducing the teaching of the Mongolian language in favor of Chinese. (BBC)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesperson said the country will continue with its infrastructure projects involving Chinese firms blacklisted by the United States, as the country is “not a vassal state of any foreign power”. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Visiting Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil said “‘I am a Taiwanese’,” as he quoted former US President John F. Kennedy’s defiance of Communism in Berlin in 1963 in his speech to the country’s Parliament, in remarks likely to further anger China. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Turkey extended its Oruc Reis exploration vessel’s seismic survey mission into a disputed region of the Eastern Mediterranean to September 12, earning a rebuke from neighboring Greece. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: Several election workers told the media that they saw ballot fraud or were pressured to falsify results in favor of President Alexander Lukashenko. (AP)
  • Germany: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and is expected to be met with protests against China’s Hong Kong policy in capital Berlin. (DPA)
  • Russia: The country is the fourth to have passed a million confirmed cases of Covid-19, as schools across the country reopened for the new academic year. (Bloomberg)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the UAE betrayed the Islamic world and Palestine by striking a deal toward normalizing relations with Israel. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Salman fired Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Said from his role as the Commander of Joint Forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, as part of a corruption probe. (Deutsche Welle)
  • Region: Israel’s military reportedly fired missiles on areas south of Syria’s capital Damascus, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others. (AP)
  • Lebanon: French President Emmanuel Macron warned the country’s politicians of sanctions if they do not make reforms in the next three months. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who has been openly critical of President Xi Jinping, was detained in China without any charges. (Deutsche Welle)

 

World

  • Cyclones
    • Typhoon Maysak
      • Location: 144 nautical miles South of Kadena Air Base, Japan
      • Wind: 115 mph
      • Movement: N-NW at 18 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes
    • Chile
      • Location: 78 km NW of Vallenar, Chile
      • Magnitude: 6.8
      • Depth: 23 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 01SEP20: 25,500,870 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 01SEP20: 16,833,727
      • Deaths as of 01SEP20: 850,879 
      • 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 (02SEP20)

  • Global: The 75th anniversary of Japan’s WWII surrender.
  • Global: Senior Chinese foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi will visit Myanmar, Spain and Greece. (to 04SEP)
  • Middle East: Qatar will speak at the International Court of Justice on the case it brought forward to the court that the UAE’s measures against Qatar after the Gulf diplomatic crisis amounted to racial discrimination.
  • Europe: Turkey to conduct military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Europe: The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will hold an extraordinary meeting and meet with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
  • Brazil: The Supreme Court will examine the corruption case that led to the dismissal of Rio de Janeiro’s governor Wilson Witzel.
  • Bulgaria: Protests expected as Parliament debates and votes on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and party’s proposed constitutional changes.
  • France: The trial of those accused of being accomplices to the 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper will begin.
  • Germany: Germany’s Federal Bank Chairman Jens Weidmann is scheduled to deliver a speech.
  • The Holy See: Pope Francis will resume his weekly general audiences with the public in-person, with coronavirus measures and restrictions.
  • India: A parliamentary panel will question Facebook executives on hate speech rules.
  • Iraq: French President Emmanuel Macron will visit.
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is being viewed as a top contender to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will hold a press conference.
  • Mauritius: Japan will dispatch a third relief team to assist in the country’s clean-up efforts following an oil leak from a Japanese freighter that ran aground near the island country’s coast.
  • Poland: The country will ban flights from 44 countries due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • United States: President Donald Trump will visit North Carolina.
  • Zimbabwe: The corruption trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to be held. (to 04SEP)

 

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