- AFRICA: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrived home after an overseas absence that led to concerns over his health.
- AMERICAS: In Argentina tens of thousands of people protested over government job cuts, the elimination of subsidies and other policies of President Mauricio Macri.
- ASIA: Uzbekistan held a funeral for President Islam Karimov, who died on 02SEP after ruling the country for more than 25 years.
- EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin described his country’s relationship with the United States as “frozen.”
- MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq six people were killed and nine others injured in two coordinated explosions in the northern central province of Salahudin.
- TECHNOLOGY: Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Moscow was behind the email hack that embarrassed Hillary Clinton.
- Philippines: In response to bombing, Duterte declares a “state of lawlessness”
- Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a bomb that killed 14 people and wounded about 70 at a night market in Duterte’s hometown of Davao, in the southern Philippines.
- Duterte said he is not imposing martial law, but his declaration will allow troops to be deployed in urban centers to back up the police in setting up checkpoints and increasing patrols.
- Although Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility, Duterte stated that investigators are also looking at other possible suspects, including drug syndicates.
- Sources: NYT, BBC, CNN, AP, Reuters
- Gabon: Opposition candidate Jean Ping declared himself president, after a disputed election that triggered two days of riots against President Ali Bongo. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: The country’s religious leaders called for the deployment of a protection force in Juba, during a meeting with ambassadors from the UN Security Council currently on a trip to the war-scarred country. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe arrived home after an overseas absence that led to concerns over his health. (AP)
- Argentina: Tens of thousands of people protested in the streets of the capital over government job cuts, the elimination of subsidies and other policies of President Mauricio Macri. (AP)
- Haiti: A missionary from Spain was fatally shot at a crowded intersection in the country’s capital. (AP)
- Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities froze the assets of three people and 75 entities under the anti-terrorism act. (AP)
- China: The country ratified the Paris climate change accord, with the US expected to do so later in a joint stand against global warming by the world’s two biggest polluters. (AFP)
- Myanmar: Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a landmark peace summit with ethnic rebels, calling it the first step on the road to peace. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The country stepped up its search for two missing Americans climbers, deploying army helicopters in the search efforts. (AFP)
- Uzbekistan: The country held a funeral for President Islam Karimov, who died on 02SEP after ruling the country for more than 25 years. (AFP).
- Russia: In a meeting with the leaders of Japan and South Korea, President Vladimir Putin described his country’s relationship with the United States as “frozen.” (AP)
- Spain: The country’s parliament rejected for a second time acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s bid to form a minority government and end the country’s eight-month political deadlock. (AP)
- Turkey: Turkish Europe minister Omar Celik met with the EU’s 28 foreign ministers to discuss his country’s relations with the bloc. (AP)
- Region: A passenger on an EgyptAir flight from Saudi Arabia to Egypt was detained after storming the pilot’s cockpit. (AP)
- Iraq: Six people were killed and nine others injured in two coordinated explosions in the northern central province of Salahudin. (Xinhua)
- Syria: A reporter for Britain’s Times newspaper who hit the headlines after being kidnapped and shot in Syria said that a recent Facebook video appeared to show the gunman was now a US-backed rebel. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Moscow was behind the email hack that embarrassed Hillary Clinton, but said it was important the stolen information got into the public domain. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Namtheun
- Location: 230 NM S of Sasebo, Japan
- Winds: 103 mph
- Movement: NNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Gaston
- Location: 120 NM NNE of Faial Island, Central Azores
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: ENE at 16 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hermine
- Location: 60 NM WNW of Cape Lookout, North Carolina
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: NE at 22 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
- Location: 240 NM ENE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 105 mph
- Movement: WNW at 14 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Madeline
- Location: 605 NM WSW of Honolulu, Hawaii
- Winds: 30 mph
- Movement: W at 17 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia)
- The volcano ejected a column of ash 2,000 meters into the air. (Volcano Discovery)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 02SEP: 184,766 (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 02SEP: 67,577
- Deaths as of 02SEP: 54
- 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 25AUG: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, 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, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 25AUG: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 25AUG: 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 (04SEP)
- Global: G-20 Summit to be held in Hangzhou, China (to 05SEP)
- India: Raghuram Rajan’s term as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India to end, to return to academia
- Ukraine: Putin, Merkel, Hollande to meet on sidelines of G-20 to discuss Ukraine conflict
- United States and Russia: US President Obama will meet with Russian President Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit (to 05SEP)
- United States and Turkey: US President Obama will discuss the conflict in Syria with Turkish President Erdogan at the G-20 Summit in China