- AFRICA: The Egyptian military said it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, whom it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of Islamic State.
- AMERICAS: US intelligence has assigned more than 1,000 spies to Olympic security, a highly classified effort to protect the Rio 2016 Summer Games, US athletes and staff.
- ASIA: Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China are set to protest as tensions escalate.
- EUROPE: Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party has ordered the party to be “cleaned” of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch foe Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.
- MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers and subsequently executed 12 of them, a UN report said.
- TECHNOLOGY: A Ukrainian nationalist website has published what it says is an email archive with copies of IDs and personal data of Ukrainian and international journalists, raising new concerns about their safety.
- Indonesia: Militants arrested on suspicion of Singapore attack plot.
- Indonesian authorities arrested six suspected militants on Batam island who were believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting an attack on nearby Singapore.
- Singapore officials were aware of the plot and security had been stepped up.
- All the men claimed they were members of Katibah Gigih Rahmat, a little-known extremist group that helps Indonesian militants travel to Syria.
- The alleged leader of the group, Gigih Rahmat Dewa, is accused of planning the attack with Bahrun Naim, a leading Indonesian militant who is believed to be fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters
- Egypt: The Egyptian military said it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, whom it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of Islamic State. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: The US has warned its citizens against travelling to 20 Nigerian states, including the insurgency-hit northeast, because of security concerns. (AFP)
- South Africa: The African National Congress conceded defeat in the city of Port Elizabeth as local election results underlined the declining popularity of the party that led the anti-apartheid struggle. (AFP)
- Argentina: Supporters prevented Argentine police from arresting the human rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo president Hebe de Bonafini in a highly politicized corruption case. (AP)
- Brazil: US intelligence has assigned more than 1,000 spies to Olympic security, a highly classified effort to protect the Rio 2016 Summer Games, US athletes and staff. (NBC)
- Colombia: The nation says it will deport more than 1,200 Cubans who’ve been stranded in the South American country. (CNN)
- United States: President Barack Obama reiterated that USD 400M that the country airlifted to Iran early this year was not a ransom for the release of American prisoners. (AFP)
- Region: Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China are set to protest as tensions escalate. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: A suspected Islamist extremist accused of carrying out a deadly attack on a prayer rally last month has been shot dead in a gunfight with police while in their custody. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: The country has shut down dozens of online news services including those of pro-opposition media, sparking accusations of government censorship. (AFP)
- Japan: The country will maintain an order to intercept missiles for an indefinite period as safeguard against threats of further North Korean launches. (IANS)
- Britain: Black Lives Matter protesters blocked off a road leading to Heathrow Airport in west London, causing traffic chaos. (USA Today)
- France: One of Europe’s biggest flea markets, in the northern French city of Lille, has been cancelled over security fears, mayor Martine Aubry said. (AFP)
- Germany: Asylum-seekers from Turkey has increased sharply in the country from 1,719 people in the first six months of 2016 from 1,767 in all of 2015. (AP)
- Italy: Italian authorities broke up a people trafficking gang based near Naples headed by a Tunisian national they suspect of jihadist links. (AFP)
- Turkey: The ruling Justice and Development Party has ordered the party to be “cleaned” of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch foe Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
- Iran: Britain said it was concerned about its nationals imprisoned in the country, including a British-Iranian aid worker accused of trying to overthrow the Iranian government. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Islamic State fighters may have captured up to 3,000 fleeing Iraqi villagers and subsequently executed 12 of them, a UN report said. (Reuters)
- Syria: At least 10 people, including seven children, were killed in air strikes on the rebel-held east of Aleppo. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A Ukrainian nationalist website has published what it says is an email archive with copies of IDs and personal data of Ukrainian and international journalists, raising new concerns about their safety. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Omais)
- Location: 372 NM SE of Iwo To
- Winds: 51 mph
- Movement: NNE at 11 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ivette
- Location: 1405 NM WSW of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Earl
- Location: 70 NM WSW of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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 05AUG: 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 05AUG: 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 05AUG: 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 (06AUG)
- Bolivia: Independence Day – 1825
- Jamaica: Independence Day – 1962
- Japan: Anniversary of US dropping atomic bomb on Hiroshima – 1945