- AFRICA: In Gabon, embattled President Ali Bongo accused EU observers who criticized his country’s election of overlooking irregularities in the camp of his rival, Jean Ping.
- AMERICAS: Colombians in 64 countries will vote on 02OCT to approve the peace pact reached between Colombia and the FARC guerrillas.
- ASIA: At a regional summit, Southeast Asian leaders avoided references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea, omitting it from a joint statement.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany made many strides in the past year in dealing with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in 2015, but that there is still much to do.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of “bigoted extremism” in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran’s exclusion from this year’s hajj pilgrimage.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran plans to invest USD 17.86B in its Information and Communications Technology projects, including one fourth government funds with private and foreign investment undertaking the rest.
- South China Sea: Philippines confronts China about “illegal” island building.
- The Philippines’ defense ministry released pictures showing what it said were Chinese boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, just hours before Southeast Asian nations were due to meet China’s premier at a summit in Laos.
- As a result, the Philippines accused Beijing of “illegal” island building in the South China Sea, a charge which moved to center stage at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit .
- In response, China’s Foreign Ministry said there had been no change to the situation around the shoal.
- Scarborough Shoal has been the center of attention as one of the most desirable places in the South China Sea for the Chinese to convert into an artificial island.
- At the ASEAN summit, references to a recent international arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea were omitted from a joint statement.
- Coverage: AFP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3
- Gabon: Embattled President Ali Bongo accused EU observers who criticized his country’s election of overlooking irregularities in the camp of his rival, Jean Ping. (AFP)
- Nigeria: According to reports, in-fighting has broken out in Boko Haram after the Islamic State group announced a new leader of its Nigerian affiliate. (AFP)
- Sudan: The country is poised to declare an end to 13 years of conflict in Darfur despite deadlock in African Union-brokered peace talks and continued persistent fighting. (AFP)
- Brazil: Former President Dilma Rousseff left her official residence in the capital Brasilia for the last time following her impeachment and removal from office. (BBC)
- Brazil: Police detained two people for allegedly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group on social media. (AP)
- Colombia: Colombians in 64 countries will vote on 02OCT to approve the peace pact reached between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. (EFE)
- Region: At a regional summit, Southeast Asian leaders avoided references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea, omitting it from a joint statement. (Reuters)
- Region: Leaders of Japan, China and South Korea met for talks on financial cooperation, food security, maritime security and North Korea. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on Care International’s compound in Kabul, which ended after an 11-hour siege. (DPA)
- Australia: The threat of an ISIS terror attack in the country is “real”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said after followers were urged to target Sydney’s beachside Bondi and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (AFP)
- Japan: The country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority will make nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities check the background of their workers to prevent terror attacks. (Kyodo)
- Region: The development of Russia’s Arctic area bordering countries including the US and Denmark is top on the agenda of a government meeting attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Xinhua)
- Region: Turkey’s foreign minister suggested Ankara was ready to calm a row with Germany over a parliamentary resolution labelling the Ottoman massacre of Armenians a genocide. (AFP)
- Denmark: The country will pay an anonymous source for information about hundreds of Danish nationals linked in the leaked Panama Papers to tax-dodging schemes. (DPA)
- Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel says the country made many strides in the past year in dealing with the hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in 2015, but that there is still much to do. (AP)
- Turkey: The country expelled 73 more personnel from its armed forces as part of its post-coup efforts. (AP)
- Region: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Saudi authorities of “bigoted extremism” in an increasingly bitter war of words over Iran’s exclusion from this year’s hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)
- Region: Gulf Arab states accused Iran of trying to politicize the hajj after Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Saudi authorities over their management of the annual pilgrimage. (AFP)
- Syria: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US and Turkey are ready to work together to push Islamic State jihadists out of their self-declared Syrian capital of Raqa. (AFP)
- Syria: The Islamic State group claimed a rocket attack that killed three Turkish soldiers in its first deadly attack on Turkish forces since they crossed the border. (AFP)
- Syria: The UN says fighting in the central Hama governorate has displaced some 100,000 people over eight days between late AUG16 and early SEP16. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Iran plans to invest USD 17.86B in its Information and Communications Technology projects, including one fourth government funds with private and foreign investment undertaking the rest. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Newton
- Location: 20 NM E of Santa Rosalia, Mexico
- Winds: 75 mph
- Movement; N at 17 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lester
- Location: 1075 NM NNW of Honolulu, Hawaii
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: N at 12 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoy, Russia
- Ash eruption 8 km in the air. (TASS)
- 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 01SEP: 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 01SEP: 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 01SEP: 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 (08SEP)
- Global: International Literacy Day – 1966
- Caucasus Region: Moscow to hold consultations with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs from the US and France to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
- Iran: Anniversary of Black Friday – 1978
- Macedonia: Independence Day – 1991
- Mediterranean Region: Greece to host a conference of foreign ministers from several European Union, Arab and northern African states on the island of Rhodes (to 09SEP)
- Pakistan: Navy Day – 1965