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.

 

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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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Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 08 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) urged the African continent to increase compliance with the public health and social measures as COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent. 
  • AMERICAS: White House negotiators and Democratic lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package, as the economy reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ASIA:  A traditional Afghan council is planning to meet again on August 8 in Kabul to decide if the government should release 400 Taliban prisoners that have been convicted of involvement in high-profile attacks in the country.
  • EUROPE: France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington, the White House announced, hopefully showcasing a turnaround in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook Inc reported that it recently removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that had been promoting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign with stories about his support from conservatives, Black Americans, Christians, and followers of the QAnon web of baseless conspiracy theories.

 

Top Story

    • Lebanon: The International community is rallying to give aid in the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut. 

 

  • U.S President Donald Trump said that he told President Aoun that three large aircraft filled with medical supplies, food, and water is being sent for assistance. 
  • More than 60 people are still missing in Beirut, four days after a massive explosion at the port left more than 150 people dead, a health ministry official said Saturday.

 

    • Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit announces he will seek to mobilize Arab efforts to support Lebanon after a massive explosion in the port of Beirut destroyed parts of the capital this week.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron will host a donor conference for Lebanon via video-link on Sunday, his office said, as countries mobilize to help rebuild Beirut after this week’s massive blast.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, Reuters

 

Africa  

  • Region: The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) urged the African continent to increase compliance with the public health and social measures as COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent. (Xinhua
  • Burkina Faso: Twenty people were killed, and many others injured as gunmen randomly fired on a crowd in a livestock market in the east, official news agency AIB reported. (Xinhua
  • Morocco: The country recorded 1,018 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 30,666. (Xinhua

 

Americas  

  • United States: U.S. President Donald Trump says his administration will watch closely for possible interference in the upcoming November presidential election by Russia, China, and Iran, but he said he believes the last thing that any of the three countries would desire is for him to win a second term. (RFE
  • United States: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) traveled to Delaware to meet with Joe Biden to be interviewed as a candidate while the democratic nominee is deciding on a running mate. (WaPo)
  • United States: White House negotiators and Democratic lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package as the US economy reels from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: A domestic court sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for participating in a failed beach attack aimed at removing President Nicolás Maduro from power, prosecutors announced. (AP

 

Asia  

  • Afghanistan: A traditional tribal council is planning to meet again on August 8 in Kabul to decide if the government should release 400 Taliban prisoners that have been convicted of involvement in high-profile attacks in the country. (RFE
  • China: Director at the Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, said U.S. sanctions showed him that he was doing what he “should be doing for my country and Hong Kong,” a statement on the liaison office’s website noted. (Reuters
  • South Korea: The total deaths from weeklong heavy rains in the nation rose to 21, officials noted. (YNA
  • Thailand: Dozens of protesters gathered in front of a Bangkok court to demand the release of activist leaders, promising to escalate anti-government demonstrations with a call for a protest in the Thai capital. (Reuters

 

Europe

  • Region: France and Germany have quit talks on reforming the World Health Organization in frustration at attempts by the United States to lead the negotiations, despite its decision to leave the WHO, three officials told Reuters. (Reuters
  • Ireland: The country announced its first localized reimposition of some COVID-19 restrictions seeking to control outbreaks in three of the country’s 26 counties, one of which borders the most populous, Dublin. (Reuters
  • The United Kingdom: The nation is facing an “unacceptable” rise in the number of small boats carrying migrants across the English Channel from France and would act to send “illegal” entrants back to France, immigration compliance minister Chris Philp noted in an opinion piece for The Telegraph newspaper. (Reuters

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation registered 141 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total infections in the country to 95,147, said the Egyptian Health Ministry. (Xinhua
  • Iraq: President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington, the White House announced, hopefully showcasing a turnaround in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power. (AFP
  • Syria: The nation reported 61 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections to 1,060 in the country, the health ministry announced. (Xinhua

 

Tech & Communications

  • Social Media: Facebook Inc reported that it recently removed a small network of accounts operating from Romania that had been promoting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign with stories about his support from conservatives, Black Americans, Christians, and followers of the QAnon web of baseless conspiracy theories. (Reuters

 

World  

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 08AUG20: 19,387,937 
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 08AUG20: 11,748,567
      • Deaths as of 08AUG20: 721,549
      • 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 26JUL20: 63 
      • Probable Cases as of 26JUL20: 4 
      • Deaths as of 26JUL20: 31
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (09AUG20)

  • China: National People’s Congress Standing Committee to meet in Beijing.
  • Belarus: Belarus presidential elections, opposition protests likely to follow.
  • Taiwan: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to travel to the disputed island.

 

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