- AFRICA: Egypt’s Sinai saw fresh clashes between gunmen and police.
- AMERICAS: Colombian authorities arrested drug lord Erikson Vargas, also known as “Sebastian.”
- ASIA: An Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on NATO troops in the country’s east.
- EUROPE: In Turkey, a bomb attack on a bus carrying soldiers wounded 11 and killed one.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli DM Barak stated that Iran’s nuclear program was increasingly difficult for US and Israeli intelligence services to track and predict.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it would trial a feature allowing search results to also display a user’s personal e-mails.
- Syria: Rebel forces, government claimed setbacks and victories in Aleppo respectively; Iran reached for more prominent role
- Rebel groups stated they had been forced to withdraw from parts of Aleppo due to a ground offensive by the government and lack of ammunition.
- Rebel forces withdrew from the Salaheddine district after countering the government’s offensive.
- Iran will host an international conference on the crisis amid skepticism by Western powers.
- Coverage: NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera, NYT-2, AP, Reuters
- DR Congo: The government stated it would not negotiate with the M23 rebel group. (AFP)
- Egypt: Fresh clashes broke out between gunmen and police in the Sinai. (BBC)
- Libya: The NTC handed power to the newly elected governing national assembly. (BBC)
- Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon urged the imposition of sanctions on rebel groups in the northern part of the country. (Al Jazeera)
- Sudan: Peacekeepers in Darfur said they received reports of aerial bombing that displaced villagers from the Dolma area. (AFP)
- Tunisia: An upsurge in violence in Tunisia involving Islamist radicals has been engineered by supporters of deposed dictator Ben Ali, the country’s religious affairs minister said. (AFP)
- Colombia: Authorities arrested drug lord Erikson Vargas, also known as “Sebastian.” (BBC)
- Honduras: Extortion of homeowners by gangs is a new trend in the country. While authorities have no numbers about how widespread the crime has become, a survey by the AP of police in a dozen neighborhoods indicates at least hundreds of families have been affected. (AP)
- Mexico: Authorities discovered five bodies with gunshot wounds in suburban Acapulco. (EFE)
- United States: Authorities reported an operation conducted on 01AUG broke up a drug-smuggling ring operating in and around Atlanta. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Police backed by the army and the NATO-led force have killed 36 Taliban fighters, wounded 19 and captured 34 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on NATO troops in the country’s east. (AP)
- India: The country successfully test-fired the nuclear capable Agni-II ballistic missile. (Kyodo)
- Korea, North: The UN reported a large-scale famine was not imminent in the country, but that a full assessment of food levels wasn’t possible until the full impact of recent flooding could be determined. (Reuters)
- Myanmar: Local authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Kyauktaw in western Rakhine state since Wednesday night following days of renewed sectarian riot in the area. (Xinhua)
- Philippines: Troops launched assaults on two strongholds of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement rebel group. (AP)
- Greece: The country expects to receive its next aid tranche after lenders complete a review of the country’s finances in mid-September. (Reuters)
- Russia: The Federal Service for Control over Drug Circulation reported higher drug supplies in Russia from European countries. (Itar-Tass)
- Spain: Several financial-services companies reportedly took steps to reduce their exposure to the country, amid fears of a debt crisis. (WSJ)
- Turkey: A bomb attack on a bus carrying soldiers near Foca wounded 11 and killed one. (Reuters)
- Ukraine: The Central Election Commission banned former PM Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Lutsenko from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. (Xinhua)
- Region: Saudi Arabia reportedly threatened to shoot down any Iran-bound Israeli aircraft. (RIA Novosti)
- Region: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran’s nuclear program was increasingly difficult for US and Israeli intelligence services to track and predict. (Reuters)
- Region: Amid a spike in militant activities in Egypt’s Sinai, Israel’s intelligence community is in a competition for leading efforts to foil militant plots in the neighboring peninsula. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: A car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims south of Baghdad killed 11. (AP)
- Lebanon: A man was killed and several people were wounded in a Syria-related clash between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in northern Lebanon. (AFP)
- Yemen: Soldiers protesting a decision to reorganize parts of the army abandoned their posts in the southern part of the country. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Search Engines: Google announced it would do a trial on a feature allowing search results to also display a user’s personal e-mails. (ZDNet)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kirogi
- Location: 645 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
- Movement: NW at 17 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Ernesto
- Location: Over the Bay of Campeche
- Movement: W at 16 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 1000 miles W of the Southern Cape Verde islands
- Movement: W at 15 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Gilma
- Location: 725 miles SW of Baja California
- Movement: W at 9 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 500 miles SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
- Movement: Little movement
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10AUG)
- Ghana: State funeral service for late President John Atta Mills.