- AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki- moon appointed Moustapha Soumare of Mali as the deputy special representative for the UN Mission in the DRC.
- AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos rejected a proposal by the FARC to observe a ceasefire during upcoming peace talks.
- ASIA: The NYT reported that the US decided to blacklist the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization.
- EUROPE: UNSG Ban Ki-moon implicitly criticized Azerbaijan for pardoning and freeing a military officer, after having guaranteeing his life sentence to Hungary.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s official news agency reported that authorities have set 14JUN as the date for next year’s presidential election.
- TECHNOLOGY: The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyber attacks.
- Syria: Clashes throughout the country amid international scrutiny.
- Activists reported high intensity clashes between troops and rebels in Damascus with an unknown number of casualties.
- A group of Syrian pro-government hackers cracked the official website of the Nilesat satellite operator in retaliation for cutting Syria’s official and pro-government TVs from the satellite feed.
- Residents recovered a total of 45 unidentified bodies in two towns on the outskirts of Damascus.
- French President Hollande said France and Britain have agreed on the need to speed up the transition from President Assad’s regime.
- Coverage: AP, Xinhua, AFP, Reuters
- DR Congo: UNSG Ban Ki- moon appointed Moustapha Soumare of Mail as the deputy special representative for the UN Mission in the DRC. (Xinhua)
- DR Congo: The DRC said it was disappointed by Britain’s decision to partially restore aid to Rwanda after suspending it over reports that it was backing Congolese rebels. (AFP)
- Kenya: Gunmen killed 11 people in a revenge attack following a massacre in AUG in which 52 people were killed in the Tana region. (AFP)
- Libya: The parliament named eight candidates for PM, including a secular politician and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP)
- Morocco: A Moroccan rights group criticized the government’s harsh treatment and expulsion of hundreds of sub-Saharan illegal immigrants. (AFP)
- Colombia: President Santos rejected a proposal by the FARC to observe a ceasefire during upcoming peace talks. (AP)
- Colombia: Controller general Sandra Morelli said that she will leave Colombia after a series of death threats. (EFE)
- Mexico: Police arrested twelve suspected Cartel Independiente de Acapulco members wanted for the killings of at least 18 people in Guerrero. (EFE)
- United States: A US Airways jetliner was forced to return to Philadelphia airport shortly after takeoff because of a false report of explosives aboard. (AFP)
- Region: The NYT reported that the US decided to blacklist the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization. (NYT)
- India: FM Krishna said that India was committed to rebuilding its relations with Pakistan through dialogue. (AFP)
- Indonesian: Arrested Indonesian terror suspects revealed plots on the parliament building and to attack police. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Malaysia summoned Germany’s ambassador after the embassy reportedly funded an opposition-leaning human rights organization that accused the government of corruption. (AFP)
- Nepal: The US State Department removed the Communist Party of Nepal from its global terrorist list, saying the group no longer poses a threat to US foreign policy or its citizens. (WSJ)
- Region: The State Duma said it would step up inter-parliamentary cooperation with Moldova and the self-proclaimed republic of Trans-Dniestria. (Itar-Tass)
- Azerbaijan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon implicitly criticized Azerbaijan for pardoning and freeing a military officer despite promising Hungary that his life sentence for killing an Armenian lieutenant would be enforced. (AP)
- Turkey: A government operation targeting the PKK left eighteen Kurdish rebels and a Turkish soldier dead. (AFP)
- Region: UNSG Ban Ki- moon appointed James W. Rawley as deputy special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. (Xinhua)
- Iran: Iran’s official news agency reported that authorities have set 14JUN as the date for next year’s presidential election. (AP)
- Israel: Palestinian militants in Gaza fired two rockets at southern Israel. (AFP)
- Syria: The US increased its presence at the Turkish border, sending more spies and diplomats to help advise the rebel forces. (AP)
- Syria: Western spy agencies suspect the Syrian government has dispersed several hundred tons of chemical weapons and precursor components across as many as 20 sites across the country. (WaPo)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyber attacks. (Hillicon Valley)
- Cyclones: nothing to report.
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Leslie
- Location: 430 miles SSE of Bermuda
- Movement: N at 1 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Michael
- Location: 930 miles WSW of the Azores
- Movement: N at 3 mph
- Winds: 105 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 60 miles SE of the mouth of Mississippi River
- Movement: nearly stationary
- Earthquakes: nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08SEP)
- Asia: Japan arrests Chinese fishing boat captain – 2010.
- Colombia: U.S. issues human rights re-certification – 2009.
- Iran: Black Friday – a day of massacre at Jaleh Square in Tehran – 1978.
- Ireland: Real IRA announce ceasefire – 1998.
- Libya: Libyan National Congress nominates ministers in order to form a new government.
- Macedonia: Celebration of independence from Yugoslavia – 1991.
- Malaysia: Establishment of SUHAKAM, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia – 1999.
- Pakistan: Celebration of Pakistani Navy Day, a commemoration of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965.