- AFRICA: Islamist militants al Shabaab seized control of two towns over two days in southern Somalia and attacked two African Union (AU) convoys in the same region, a spokesman for the group and a local official said.
- AMERICAS: Thousands of Salvadorans took to the streets demanding a UN anti-corruption probe like the one in Guatemala that led to a wave of protests and resignation of its president.
- ASIA: Thailand’s junta-appointed reform council rejected a new constitution aimed at steering the country out of political turmoil, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections.
- EUROPE: At least two people were killed in separate attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s eastern provinces, security officials told state-run Anadolu Agency.
- MIDDLE EAST: The United States expressed concern to Moscow about what it called reports of an imminent and enhanced Russian military buildup in war-torn Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: Messaging application WhatsApp reached 900 million monthly users.
- Europe: The continent continues to deal with a growing number of migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa.
- European authorities say it is their top priority to fight an army of an estimated 30,000 people-smuggling suspects blamed for such tragedies.
- The British government is poised to accept 15,000 Syrian refugees and hopes next month to get backing for air strikes against Islamic State jihadists.
- Germany readied for hundreds more refugees to arrive from Hungary via Austria, a day after thousands were greeted, often by volunteers holding signs that read “Welcome to Germany”.
- Irish naval vessel LE Niamh rescued 329 people from three vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, the military said.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel planned to discuss Europe’s migrant crisis with her coalition partners as Syrians, Iraqis and others fleeing war and persecution streamed into Germany for the second straight day.
- Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for an emergency EU summit to resolve the migrant crisis, saying his country’s admittance of thousands of refugees crossing from Hungary was just a “temporary” measure.
- AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Xinhua
- Morocco: The ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took the lead in the regional elections and made significant advances in Friday’s municipal elections, the Interior Ministry announced. (Xinhua)
- Libya: Heavy clashes broke out between Islamic State and army units loyal to the country’s official government near the eastern city of Derna, killing four soldiers, military officials said. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Islamist militants al Shabaab seized control of two towns over two days in the south and attacked two African Union (AU) convoys in the same region, a spokesman for the group and a local official said. (Reuters)
- Region: Spain wants to “facilitate to the maximum” relations between Cuba and the United States, the speaker of the lower house of Spain’s parliament, Jesus Posada, said in Havana, adding that his country will “do all it can” to smooth the path to normalization between the two countries. (EFE)
- Brazil: The country’s chief prosecutor requested the Supreme Court authorization to probe President Dilma Rousseff’s 2010 and 2014 campaign financing, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported, citing unnamed sources. (Reuters)
- El Salvador: Thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding a UN anti-corruption probe like the one in Guatemala that led to a wave of protests and resignation of its president. (AFP)
- Guatemala: Citizens still reeling from a graft scandal that felled their president this week, head to the polls to elect a new leader, though a tight race is seen heading to a second round run-off. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Some 103 militants have been killed in fresh military operations across the country in the past 24 hours, said the country’s Defense Ministry. (Xinhua)
- Australia: After pressure from within his own party, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the country was prepared to take more refugees from war-torn Syria. (DPA)
- Thailand: The junta-appointed reform council rejected a new constitution aimed at steering the country out of political turmoil, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections. (AFP)
- Azerbaijan: Officials said that its troops have killed seven Armenian soldiers over the past week along the border with the secessionist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. (EFE)
- Turkey: At least two people were killed in separate attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the country’s eastern provinces, security officials told state-run Anadolu Agency. (Xinhua)
- United Kingdom: A new opinion poll showed more Britons want to leave the European Union than want to stay ahead of a referendum to be held by 2017. (AFP)
- Lebanon: Only a small number of people turned out at demonstrations around the country called by the “You Stink” group to protest what they call a corrupt and inept political class. (AFP)
- Syria: The United States expressed concern to Moscow about what it called reports of an imminent and enhanced Russian military buildup in war-torn Syria. (AFP)
- Yemen: Powerful explosions shook the capital, witnesses said, after the Saudi-led coalition vowed to press its air war following a rebel missile strike that killed dozens of Gulf soldiers. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communication: Messaging application WhatsApp reached 900 million monthly users. (TechCrunch)
- Cyclone: Typhoon 03C (Kilo)
- Location: 346 miles NNE of Wake Island
- Winds: 92 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10mph
- Cyclone: Hurricane 13E (Jimena)
- Location: 552 miles NNEast of Hilo
- Winds: 52 mph
- Movement: NW at 8 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fred
- Location: 1310 miles SW of the Azores
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: N at 10 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Grace
- Location: 390 miles SW of the Cape Verde Islands
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- § Suspected Cases as of 28AUG: 541,468 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- § Confirmed Cases: 18,039
- § Deaths as of 28AUG: 60 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- § Cases as of 02SEP: 1493 (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 02SEP: 527 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07SEP)
- Austria and Iran: Austrian President, Heinz Fischer will visit Tehran (to 09SEP)
- Brazil: Independence Day – 1822
- Britain and Germany: Anniversary of the beginning of the Blitz, during World War IIt: German planes bomb London for the first of 57 consecutive nights – 1940
- Europe Region: Emergency meeting of European Union’s Agriculture Council