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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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.

 

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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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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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