- AFRICA: A Libyan official says US-backed forces have liberated “70 percent” of the city of Sirte, the Islamic State group’s last bastion in Libya.
- AMERICAS: A suspect is dead after Canadian national police thwarted what an official said was a suicide bomb plot.
- ASIA: Ten people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle escorting a judge in the southwest city of Quetta, Pakistan.
- EUROPE: The Russian security agency found weapons and explosives after raiding a string of central Russian locations to shut down an online group spreading propaganda for ISIS extremists.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Russian air strikes on the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa killed at least 30 people, including civilians and jihadists.
- TECHNOLOGY: A US district court ruled Twitter cannot be held liable for Islamic State’s rhetoric.
- Syria: Fierce fighting continues in Aleppo as ceasefire ignored.
- Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains.
- Russian forces said they were briefly suspending military action in Aleppo to allow in desperately needed humanitarian aid.
- But rebel groups reported the cease-fire was broken by Russia, as there had been an “escalation in Russian warplanes,” as Syrian government forces tried to advance.
- The escalating fight for Aleppo has emerged as a test of whether Russia and Iran can in fact help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad win a decisive battle in the five-year Syrian war—and whether al Qaeda’s local spinoff will become the dominant force among Sunni rebels seeking to oust him.
- A Syrian rescue worker says three civilians died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, VOA, WSJ
- Ethiopia: The UN urged the country to allow international observers into restive regions where 90 protesters were allegedly shot dead by security forces. (Reuters)
- Libya: A Libyan official says US-backed forces have liberated “70 percent” of the city of Sirte, the Islamic State group’s last bastion in the North African country. (AP)
- Zambia: Zambians began voting for a new president and legislators in what is expected to be a bruising battle against the backdrop of lethargic growth. (Reuters)
- Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos will meet to discuss their ongoing border dispute. (AFP)
- Canada: A suspect is dead after Canadian national police thwarted what an official said was a suicide bomb plot. (AP)
- Mexico: A suspected local chief of the notorious Zetas cartel, Manuel N, was arrested in connection with the murder of a journalist. (AFP)
- Region: Australia plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. (AP)
- Region: Japan’s Coast Guard rescued a Chinese fishing boat and a merchant ship near the Senkaku Islands after a collision, prompting gratitude from Beijing. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Fighting raged in Helmand after the country rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the city of Lashkar Gah. (AFP)
- China: The country labeled a call by UN human rights experts to release a jailed activist as gross interference in its domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: A roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle escorting a judge in the southwest city of Quetta, wounding 10 people. (AP)
- Region: Ecuador will allow Swedish prosecutors to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy, where Assange has been living since JUN2012. (Reuters)
- Italy: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under fire for reportedly sending special forces to help the fight against ISIS in Libya without proper clearance from parliament. (AFP)
- Russia: The Russian security agency found weapons and explosives after raiding a string of locations in the country’s central region to shut down an online group spreading propaganda for ISIS extremists. (AFP)
- Turkey: Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said parliament will approve a deal to normalize ties with Israel before it goes into its summer recess. (AFP)
- Iran: In the town of Marivan, a policeman died and two of his colleagues were wounded when an attacker on a motorcycle threw an explosive device at their car. (AP)
- Iraq: Turkish jets have raided suspected Kurdish rebel targets the country’s north, following a wave of attacks that killed at least 12 people. (AP)
- Syria: Russian air strikes on the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa killed at least 30 people, including civilians and jihadists. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: A US district court ruled Twitter cannot be held liable for Islamic State’s rhetoric. (Reuters)
- Technology: A federal appeals court ruled the US Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Conson)
- Location: 242 NM S of Minami Tori Shima
- Winds: 46 mph
- Movement: NNW at 8 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nevados de Chillán, Chile
- Ash plumes rise to 2 km, as government increases exclusion zone to 3 km radius around the crater. (Volcano Discovery)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 05AUG: 178,097 (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 05AUG: 37,067
- Deaths as of 05AUG: 29
- 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 (12AUG)
- Global: International Youth Day – 2000
- North America Region: Anniversary of United States, Canada and Mexico reaching a free-trade agreement – 1992.
- Russia: Anniversary of Soviet Union detonates its first hydrogen bomb – 1953
- Thailand: HM The Queen’s Birthday – 1932