30AUG20 Global Overnight Overwatch Report

Key Storylines

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

 

Top Story

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

 

Africa

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

 

Americas

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

 

Asia

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

 

Europe

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

 

Middle East

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

 

Tech & Communications

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

 

World

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

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (31AUG20)

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

 

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Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 11 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Niger’s government extended a state of emergency after eight people, including six French citizens, were killed by suspected terrorists in the volatile West African nation.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted out of a White House coronavirus briefing, before returning several minutes later saying there had been a “shooting” outside the White House but the situation was now “under control.”
  • ASIA: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said health authorities found four new cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, ending the country’s coronavirus-free status after 102 days.
  • EUROPE: Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya fled to Lithuania to join her children, following two nights of clashes after the disputed re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US military is investigating the newly formed Ashab al-Kahf group Shiite militant group’s claim of bombing a border crossing at Iraq’s border with Kuwait, which both Iraq and Kuwait say never happened.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Hong Kongers are reportedly rushing to purchase copies of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested a day earlier by China under its new national security law for the territory that raised concerns over press freedom.

 

Top Story

  • Russia: Putin says Russia first country to approve new coronavirus vaccine.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia become the first country to approve a vaccine for the coronavirus.
    • Putin said Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute was responsible for the development of the vaccine and that one of his daughter’s took part in the testing phase of the vaccine and was now inoculated.
    • Putin also said that the vaccine is the first in the world that offers “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, with Russian health officials saying they plan to start mass vaccination in Russia in October.
    • The vaccine won regulatory approval after just two months of human testing raising safety concerns, but Putin dismissed any concerns saying the vaccine had “passed all the needed checks,”.
    • The Russian announcement takes place as the total number of known coronavirus cases across the world crossed the 20 million mark.
    • Reporting: AP, DPA, WaPo, Reuters, WSJ, AFP, BBC, Deutsche Welle

 

Africa 

  • Egypt: Voting for the country’s two-day election to choose members of the newly created second chamber of parliament started. (AP)
  • Mauritius: Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said the country must prepare for the “worst-case scenario”, as a crippled Japanese ship continues to leak oil into the ocean off the country’s coast. (VOA)
  • Niger: The government extended a state of emergency after eight people, including six French citizens, were killed by suspected terrorists in the volatile West African nation. (DPA)

 

Americas 

  • Bolivia: The government ordered the police and military to protect key installations and the transport of medical oxygen following protests and roadblocks by opposition supporters who are unhappy over the country’s presidential election being delayed. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro appointed former President Michel Temer as leader of Brasilia’s aid mission to Lebanon. (DPA)
  • Cuba: Capital city Havana was placed under a new coronavirus lockdown, after more than 200 coronavirus cases were reported in the last two weeks. (Miami Herald)
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Keith Rowley claimed victory for his ruling party in the country’s general elections, after preliminary showed them winning 22 out of 41 seats in Parliament, but official results are only expected later today. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted out of a White House coronavirus briefing, before returning several minutes later saying there had been a “shooting” outside the White House but the situation was now “under control.” (AP)

 

Asia 

  • Region: China’s Sinovac Biotech launched a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is jointly developing with Indonesia’s state-owned Bio Farma company. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Officials from the country’s Northern Territory province said the province will keep its borders closed to coronavirus-affected states for at least another 18 months. (BBC)
  • New Zealand: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said health authorities found four new cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, ending the country’s coronavirus-free status after 102 days. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that Taipei has been sending COVID-19 assistance to foreign countries surreptitiously to avoid protests from China. (AP)
  • Thailand: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed concerns over a growing student protest movement after a student group issued an unusually blunt 10-point call demanding reforms to the country’s monarchy. (Reuters)

 

Europe

  • Region: Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya fled to Lithuania to join her children, following two nights of clashes after the disputed re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. (Reuters)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Czech Republic for a five-day visit to central European countries with an agenda that includes China’s role in 5G network construction among other topics. (AFP)
  • Region: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is set to arrive in Russia where it is expected he will try to clarify a number of issues that have further strained relations between Moscow and Berlin. (DPA)
  • Slovakia: The government expelled three Russian citizens working at the Russian embassy in capital Bratislava citing visa issues, but local media reports suggest the move could also be related to the murder of a Georgian man in Germany last year. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: Employment rates in the country declined by the largest amount in over a decade between April and June, as the number of people in work decreased by 220,000 in those three months. (BBC)

 

Middle East

  • Iraq: The US military is investigating the newly formed Ashab al-Kahf group Shiite militant group’s claim of bombing a border crossing at the country’s border with Kuwait, which both Baghdad and Kuwait say never happened. (AP)
  • Israel: The country closed its goods crossing with the Gaza Strip due to militants in the Gaza strip recently firing rockets and incendiary balloons towards the country. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his government’s resignation as he blamed the recent huge explosion that devastated Beirut on endemic corruption. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Hong Kongers are reportedly rushing to purchase copies of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested a day earlier by China under its new national security law for the territory that has raised concerns over press freedom. (AFP)

 

World 

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Jangmi
      • Location: 48 nautical miles South of Chinhae, South Korea
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N-NE at 23 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Mekkhala
      • Location: 332 nautical miles S-SW of Taipei, Taiwan
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
        • Confirmed Cases as of 11AUG20: 20,092,855
        • Total Recovered Cases as of 11AUG20: 12,350,879
        • Deaths as of 11AUG20: 736,254
        • 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 (12AUG20)

  • Global: The UN’s International Youth Day – 2000
  • Europe/Asia: Partial suspension of Cambodia’s EU trade privileges takes effect due to “serious and systematic” human rights violations.
  • Czech Republic: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit.
  • Egypt: Senate elections are expected to continue.
  • Russia: 50th anniversary of Treaty of Moscow, signed by German Chancellor Willy Brandt and Soviet President Alexei Kosygin.

Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 10 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Germany, France and Italy reportedly plan to push ahead with a bid to use EU sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to the war-torn country.
  • AMERICAS: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they were open to restarting coronavirus aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress.
  • ASIA: China has sanctioned 11 Americans in retaliation for similar measures imposed by Washington, including on Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, but did not sanction any members of President Donald Trump’s administration.
  • EUROPE: Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya refused to concede Belarus’ presidential election after results handed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory, saying the election had been rigged and that protests which turned bloody on Sunday would continue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Protests demanding the resignation of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun are planned for today as well, with three more ministers announcing their resignations from the country’s embattled government, including the Justice Minister.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who covered the country’s “Hirak” protests throughout last year, was sentenced to a three-year prison term for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity”.

 

Top Story

  • China: Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested.
    • Hong Kong police have arrested seven people, including media tycoon and high-profile critic of the Chinese Communist Party, Jimmy Lai, on charges of violating Beijing’s new national security law related to the territory.
    • The offices of Lai’s outspoken pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper have also been raided by the police, who accuse it of colluding with foreign forces.
    • The others arrested include his sons Timothy Lai and Ian Lai and several senior executives at the company which publishes the newspaper, in what is being seen as the most high-profile arrest so far under China’s new national security law for the territory.
    • The arrests also mark the first time the new law has been used against the media, which has stoked fears that Chinese authorities will increasing suppressing press freedoms.
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, WSJ, DPA, BBC, NYT

 

Africa 

  • Libya: Germany, France and Italy reportedly plan to push ahead with a bid to use EU sanctions to stem the continuing supply of arms to the war-torn country. (DPA)
  • Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani appointed a new government after the names of several former government ministers appeared in a report on the financial dealings of ex-leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. (AFP)
  • Niger: A group of gunmen of unknown affiliation attacked and killed a group of aid workers, resulting in the deaths of two of the country’s citizens and six French aid workers. (BBC)

 

Americas 

  • Ecuador: The navy is surveilling a massive Chinese fishing fleet operating near the protected waters of the Galapagos Islands, where the presence of the Chinese fleet has raised concerns over its environmental impact. (Reuters)
  • Peru: A group of indigenous people angry over the government’s response to the pandemic assaulted a settlement for oil workers deep in the Amazon, triggering a clash with police that left three natives dead. (AFP)
  • United States: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they were open to restarting coronavirus aid talks, after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans’ financial distress. (Reuters)

 

Asia 

  • Region: Taiwan’s government said Chinese air force jets briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait and were tracked by Taiwanese missiles, as US health chief Alex Azar visited the island. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Peace talks between the Taliban and the government are expected to begin within days after the Loya Jirga approved the release of hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of brutal attacks including on foreigners. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing has sanctioned 11 Americans in retaliation for similar measures imposed by Washington, including on Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, but did not sanction any members of President Donald Trump’s administration. (Bloomberg)

 

Europe

  • Belarus: Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya refused to concede the country’s presidential election after results handed incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide victory, saying the election had been rigged and that protests which turned bloody on Sunday would continue. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The centre-left Social Democrats party has chosen Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as its candidate for next year’s election which is expected to be when longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats party retires. (DPA)
  • Spain: Protesters called for an end to the country’s monarchy after the sudden departure of former king Juan Carlos from the country this week amid a corruption scandal. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Region: Iran has rejected as “unrealistic” a call by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the United Nations to extend an international arms embargo on Tehran that ends in October. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Protests demanding the resignation of President Michel Aoun are planned for today as well, with three more ministers announcing their resignations from the country’s embattled government, including the Justice Minister. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The country’s Houthi rebels said floods in the territories they hold have left over 130 people dead and caused significant damage to more than 260 homes. (Deutsche Welle)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Media: Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who covered the country’s “Hirak” protests throughout last year, was sentenced to a three-year prison term for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity”. (AFP)

 

World 

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Jangmi
      • Location: 48 nautical miles South of Chinhae, South Korea
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N-NE at 23 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Storm Mekkhala
      • Location: 332 nautical miles S-SW of Taipei, Taiwan
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Movement: N at 10 mph
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes:
      • Sinabung, Indonesia
        • Second eruption in two days, ash spewed as high as 5,000 meters into the air
        • Source
      • Global Disease Outbreaks:
        • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
          • Confirmed Cases as of 10AUG20: 19,876,302
          • Total Recovered Cases as of 10AUG20: 12,127,599
          • Deaths as of 10AUG20: 731,570
          • 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 (11AUG20)

  • Europe: The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Sevres between Turkey and Allied Forces after WWI.
  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960
  • China: The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, will end its 21st session.
  • China: The government to publish inflation figures for July.
  • Czech Republic: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit. (to 12AUG)
  • Egypt: Senate elections are expected to begin.
  • India: The country’s main opposition Congress party holds a meeting which could potentially lead to new leadership of the embattled party.
  • Malawi: Rwandan President Paul Kagame to visit and meet with President Lazarus Chakwera.
  • Russia: German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass to visit and meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Parliamentary elections will be held.

Global Overnight Overwatch Report – 09 August 2020

Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: At least eight gunmen have been killed in a combat operation by police in the northwestern Nigerian state of Katsina, a police spokesman reported.
  • AMERICAS: President Donald Trump signed executive orders partially restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ASIA: Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Sri Lankan prime minister after a landslide victory for the ruling party in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections.
  • EUROPE: Russia reported 5,189 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its nationwide tally 887,536 cases, the fourth largest caseload in the world.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Riot control police needed to enact special formations to push protesters out of the center of Lebanon’s capital Beirut and regain control of the area.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Realme, a low-cost Chinese smartphone maker, has secured a leading position in Asia’s emerging markets, with the company’s sales growing 157 percent year on year.

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Top Story

  • Belarus: With elections approaching, the government increases the crackdowns of the opposition.
    • Voting has started in Belarus, where five-term President Alexander Lukashenko is facing his toughest challenge in years from opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
    • Law enforcement detained the campaign chief of presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and two other campaign staff members were summoned to the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption for questioning and have gone missing.
    • Lukashenko says the opposition protesters are working with foreign backers, including a group of 33 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in July and accused of plotting “acts of terrorism.”
    • EU member states France, Germany, and Poland, issued a joint statement before the election, stating “great concern.” About more than a thousand people have been reportedly detained in protests throughout Belarus in recent weeks.
    • Reporting: BBC, RFE, Reuters, DPA,

 

Africa

  • Libya: The chairman of the National Oil Corp (NOC) warned against the risk of a disaster at the country’s oil ports due to a growing military presence with storage tanks held at capacity for months due to a blockade. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: At least eight gunmen have been killed in a combat operation by police in the northwestern state of Katsina, a police spokesman reported. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The nation’s central bank governor has defended its response to the COVID-19 economic downturn in Africa’s most industrialized country in the face of more calls from politicians and trade unionists to increase its rate cuts and buy up more government bonds. (FT)

 

Americas 

  • Brazil: The nation surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths and three million cases of infection, crossing the grim milestone after President Jair Bolsonaro said he had a “clear conscience” on his response to the outbreak. (AFP)
  • United States: Protesters returned to the streets of Portland, Oregon, as violent demonstrations have continued in the city that had hoped for a decrease in violence after federal agents and city police tried to diminish the unrest. (AP)
  • United States: Seven months after the United States and China signed a preliminary agreement to reduce trade tension, Beijing’s purchases of US agricultural goods have yet to achieve the deal’s target. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump signed executive orders partially restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters)

 

Asia

  • Australia: The nation’s second-most populous state, Victoria, recorded its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, although new infections showed signs of easing. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The nation’s economic sluggishness has eased on diminishing negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a state-run think tank reported. (YNA)
  • South Korea: The nation’s death toll from heavy rain, which continued over the past seven days, rose to 30, with 12 missing and eight wounded as of 10:30 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn as the new prime minister after a landslide victory for the ruling party in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections. (DPA)

 

Europe

  • Armenia: Former National Police Chief Vladimir Gasparian threatened two RFE/RL (Azatutyun.am) journalists and obstructed their work on a report about government plans to dismantle private houses illegally constructed near Lake Sevan by attempting to run over them in a car. (RFE)
  • Czech Republic: Three children were among 11 people killed in a fire at an apartment block that police believe was arson. (Telegraph)
  • Germany: A resurgence in COVID-19 cases in the country entered its third day as authorities confirmed another 24 hours with more than 1,000 cases. (DPA)
  • Russia: The nation reported 5,189 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its nationwide tally to 887,536 cases, the fourth largest caseload in the world. (Reuters)

 

Middle East

  • Egypt: The nation confirmed 167 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total infections in the country to 95,314, the Health Ministry reported. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Riot control police needed to enact special formations to push protesters out of the center of Beirut and regain control of the area. (TASS)
  • Saudi Arabia: The state oil group Aramco reported a 73.4% fall in second-quarter net profit, a steeper drop than analysts had expected, hit by lower crude oil prices and declining refining and chemical margins, as the pandemic hit demand. (Reuters)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: Realme, a low-cost Chinese smartphone maker, has secured a leading position in Asia’s emerging markets, with the company’s sales growing 157 percent year on year. (FT)

 

World 

  • Cyclones:
    • TROPICAL STORM ELIDA
      • Location:15.8N 104.1W
      • Movement: WNW
      • Wind:40 mph
    • TROPICAL STORM JANGMI
      • Location:25.4N 126.3E
      • Movement: N
      • Wind:40 mph
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
        • Confirmed Cases as of 09AUG20: 19,660,500
        • Total Recovered Cases as of 09AUG20: 11,948,058
        • Deaths as of 09AUG20: 727,258
        • 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 (10AUG20)

  • Trinidad and Tobago: General elections
  • China: The National People’s Congress Standing Committee to meet in Beijing.
  • Asia-Pacific/Europe: South Korean Foreign Minister Kyung-wha Kang to visit Germany, meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
  • Eurasia/MENA: COVID-19 related flight ban from Russia to Turkey to end.
  • MENA: COVID-19 law granting Israeli government expanded powers to enforce lockdown measures to go into effect.
  • Morocco: Morocco’s state of emergency to begin and will continue through September 10.
  • Nigeria: Government to offer savings bonds after COVID-19 related suspension
  • Pakistan: The government to lift remaining COVID-19 related restrictions.

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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