- AFRICA: In Libya, senior field commander Mohamed Darat said US air strikes are easing the passage of Libyan forces as they seek to clear Islamic State from Sirte.
- AMERICAS: President Juan Manuel Santos said the Colombian government and FARC rebel group will sign a peace agreement after the guerrillas hold a final internal conference to approve the historic deal.
- ASIA: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan joined a Chinese-led military alliance to counter Islamist militancy, a move that could challenge US regional dominance.
- EUROPE: Turkish police detained 20 suspected members of the Islamic State militant group in the southern city of Adana.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Bahrain, the advocacy group Bahrain Watch said the disruption of Internet access in the home of a Shiite cleric targeted in a government crackdown appears deliberate.
- TECHNOLOGY: Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.
- Britain: Preliminary motivations in London knife attack indicate mental health
- A woman was killed and five other people injured by a man with suspected mental health issues who went on a rampage with a knife in central London.
- Police used a stun gun to subdue the 19-year-old suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody at a London police station.
- Police said early indications suggest mental health was “a significant factor” in the incident, but they will continue to investigate multiple angles, including terrorism.
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for the public to remain “calm and vigilant”.
- Just hours previous to the attack, Operation Hercules was announced to add 600 more armed guards throughout London.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, USA Today, WP
- Region: Morocco tightened control of its borders, especially with Algeria, to ward off infiltration of terrorists from Libya. (Xinhua)
- Libya: Senior field commander Mohamed Darat said US air strikes are easing the passage of Libyan forces as they seek to clear Islamic State from Sirte. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in an audio message he is around despite his reported ouster as leader of the jihadist group by the Islamic State. (AFP)
- Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said the Colombian government and FARC rebel group will sign a peace agreement after the guerrillas hold a final internal conference to approve the historic deal. (AFP)
- Mexico: Drug lord David Garza Avila was arrested before his appointment with a plastic surgeon in Mexico City. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The country’s opposition said supporters of President Nicolas Maduro attacked its protesters at a rally calling for a referendum on removing the leader. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan joined a Chinese-led military alliance to counter Islamist militancy, a move that could challenge US regional dominance. (DPA)
- Region: South Korea and Japan vowed to closely work together to cope with North Korea’s continued missile provocations. (Yonhap)
- China: Human rights lawyer Zhou Shifeng was convicted of subversion and sentenced to seven years in prison, as authorities continue to crack down on dissent. (AFP)
- Taiwan: The Island’s first imported Zika infection involving a Taiwanese citizen was confirmed. (Xinhua)
- Region: Kosovo’s government ratified a border demarcation agreement with neighboring Montenegro, despite disapproval from the opposition. (AP)
- Britain: A new University of Oxford report said registering more than three million EU migrants already living in the country would equal 140 years processing at the current rate. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: Turkish police detained 20 suspected members of the Islamic State militant group in the southern city of Adana. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: Negotiations by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for the settlement of the country’s eastern conflict ended in Minsk without progress. (Xinhua)
- Region: Israeli forces razed the southern West Bank homes of two Palestinian gunmen who shot dead four Israelis at a trendy Tel Aviv nightspot in JUN16. (AFP)
- Bahrain: The advocacy group Bahrain Watch said the disruption of Internet access in the home of a Shiite cleric targeted in a government crackdown appears deliberate. (AP)
- Iran: The country executed a group of 20 “terrorist” Sunni prisoners for committing several murders and undermining national security. (AFP)
- Jordan: A man who killed five intelligence personnel was sentenced to death by the country’s state security court. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Chile backpedaled on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Howard
- Location: 1161 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 16 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ivette
- Location: 1050 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: W at 16 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Earl
- Location: 5 NM SW of Belize City, Belize
- Winds: 80 mph
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoy, Russia
- Ash eruption 7.5 km into the sky. (Siberian Times)
- 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 (05AUG)
- Brazil: Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro (to 21AUG)
- Burkina Faso: Independence Day – 1960