- AFRICA: Local elections are underway in South Africa with expectations of a tough challenge for the ruling African National Congress.
- AMERICAS: In efforts to remove President Nicolas Maduro via referendum, Venezuela’s opposition vowed nation-wide rallies to increase pressure on the government.
- ASIA: A report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch alleged Australia is deliberately failing to combat the abuse of asylum-seekers on the island of Nauru.
- EUROPE: Greece called on the EU to draw up a back-up plan in case Turkey reneged on a controversial deal aimed at stemming the influx of migrants.
- MIDDLE EAST: An Emirates airline flight crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, with reports that all 275 passengers were evacuated safely. Airport operations are suspended.
- TECHNOLOGY: The number of web users in China, already the world’s largest online population, has risen to over 700 million.
- North Korea: Latest missile test lands in Japanese territorial waters.
- North Korea launched a ballistic missile that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
- The South Korean military and the US Strategic Command, which monitors North Korean missile tests, both said that the North fired two missiles simultaneously, one of which exploded immediately after launch.
- Japanese PM Shinzo Abe called the launch an “unforgivable act of aggression that represents a grave threat to the security of Japan.”
- Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ
- Burundi: The government rejected the deployment of 228 UN police, saying a French-led UN authorization was made without its consent. (AFP)
- South Africa: Local elections are underway with expectations of a tough challenge for the ruling African National Congress. (DPA)
- South Sudan: President Salva Kiir fired six ministers allied to his long-time rival Riek Machar, widening a political rift and drawing threats of more fighting. (Reuters)
- Brazil: A Senate report found suspended President Dilma Rousseff violated the constitution by manipulating government accounts, moving her impeachment trial closer to deciding her fate. (Reuters)
- Panama: The government announced a bill to punish countries that put it on their blacklists of “tax havens” in the wake of the ‘Panama Papers’ revelations. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro named Nestor Reverol as the new interior minister despite his being indicted this week in the US on drug-related charges. (AFP)
- Venezuela: In efforts to remove President Maduro via referendum, the country’s opposition vowed nation-wide rallies to increase pressure on the government. (AFP)
- Region: A report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch alleged Australia is deliberately failing to combat the abuse of asylum-seekers on the island of Nauru. (AFP)
- China: Chinese activist Hu Shigen was jailed for more than seven years for subversion, the second person jailed in two days in a crackdown on legal activism. (BBC)
- Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named as defense minister Tomomi Inada, whose revisionist World War II views could unsettle relations with Asian neighbors. (AP)
- Malaysia: The country assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of AUG16. (Xinhua)
- Region: Greece called on the EU to draw up a back-up plan in case Turkey reneged on a controversial deal aimed at stemming the influx of migrants. (AFP)
- Britain: London’s police force will deploy an additional 600 armed officers across the capital to protect against the threat of attacks. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said civilian casualties from shelling, mines and booby traps in the country’s separatist east are at their highest in a year. (Reuters)
- Dubai: An Emirates airline flight crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, with reports that all 275 passengers were evacuated safely. Airport operations are suspended. (BBC)
- Iraq: A palace built by Saddam Hussein which was being used as a training center for the Islamic State militant group was bombed by UK and coalition forces. (BBC)
- Oman: Rights groups are criticizing the detention of an Omani journalist who is apparently held over an article he wrote regarding improper interference in a court case. (AP)
- Syria: Regime forces backed by heavy Russian air raids recaptured territory on the southwest edges of Aleppo from rebel groups. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The number of web users in China, already the world’s largest online population, has risen over 700 million. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Howard
- Location: 1385 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: WNW at 15 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ten-E
- Location: 810 NM SW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: WNW at 20 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Earl
- Location: 70 NM NE of Puerto Limpira, Honduras
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Mount Gamala, Indonesia
- Ash eruption has caused closure of Ternate island airport. (AFP)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 29JUL: 177,585 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 29JUL: 36,962
- Deaths as of 29JUL: 28
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 26JUL: 1,791 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29JUL: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 29JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 29JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04AUG)
- United States: Anniversary of CORE activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner found murdered in Mississippi – 1964