- AFRICA: Support for Libya’s UN-backed unity government is “crumbling” amid increased power outages and a weakening currency, UN envoy Martin Kobler said.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela and Colombia agreed to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a security dispute.
- ASIA: The Philippines special envoy to China, Fidel Ramos, said Manila wants formal discussions with China to explore pathways to peace and cooperation.
- EUROPE: A Turkish court ordered authorities to seize all assets in the country belonging to Fethullah Gulen, the preacher Turkey blames for the 15JUL coup attempt.
- MIDDLE EAST: The UN says more than 100,000 people have been displaced as Iraqi forces clear territory ahead of the critical battle for the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US Democratic National Committee is creating an advisory board on cybersecurity in the aftermath of an embarrassing email hack prior.
- Thailand: Several bombings target tourist destinations; kill four.
- A string of bomb blasts rocked southern Thailand, killing at least four people and injuring more than 30, including foreign tourists.
- Police said they had detained some suspects but ruled out international terrorism and said that any links to the southern insurgency were unclear.
- Several of the blasts — including one on Patong beach in the tourist town of Phuket and three in the seaside resort city of Hua Hin — appeared designed to strike the tourism industry, which provides vital income to the government.
- The bombings came soon before the one-year-anniversary of a bombing on 17AUG last year at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, USA Today, WSJ
- Libya: Support for the country’s UN-backed unity government is “crumbling” amid increased power outages and a weakening currency, UN envoy Martin Kobler said. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: UN diplomats agreed on the wording of a draft Security Council resolution that would greatly strengthen a peacekeeping force in the country. (NYT)
- Zambia: The country awaited the first election results from what is expected to have been a close contest between President Edgar Lungu and his main rival, Hakainde Hichilema. (Reuters)
- Region: Venezuela and Colombia agreed to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a security dispute. (AFP)
- Bolivia: Over 5,000 members of mining cooperatives armed with explosives and rifles continue to block the country’s main highways, capturing dozens of policemen. (Xinhua)
- Brazil: Police in Sao Paulo have arrested two alleged Islamic State sympathizers in a second phase of raids. (AP)
- Region: Japan continued the search for eight missing Chinese crewmembers one day after a fishing boat collision in the East China Sea. (AP)
- Region: The Philippines special envoy to China, Fidel Ramos, said Manila wants formal discussions with China to explore pathways to peace and cooperation. (Reuters)
- Region: Japan announced it is pouring a massive USD 2.4B into a new railway in the Philippines aimed at easing Manila’s notorious gridlock. (AFP)
- Indonesia: President Joko Widodo ordered security authorities to investigate allegations of police involvement in the illegal distribution of drugs throughout the country. (Reuters)
- Britain: The country will spend more than USD 1B funding next-generation military technology including tiny “dragonfly drones” for gathering intelligence and laser weapons to eliminate missiles. (Telegraph)
- Germany: The country’s domestic intelligence agency has put the Identitarian Movement, an anti-Islam group that rails against “mass immigration,” under observation. (AP)
- Romania: A court has ordered the formal arrest and jailing of the former deputy governor Bogdan Olteanu on suspicion of illicitly receiving USD 1.1M when he was parliament speaker. (AP)
- Turkey: A Turkish court ordered authorities to seize all assets in the country belonging to Fethullah Gulen, the preacher the government blames for the 15JUL coup attempt. (DPA)
- Region: A Saudi woman and her three children have been stopped in Lebanon from entering Syria to join the Islamic State group. (AP)
- Region: Israel is working to transplant an illegal West Bank settlement scheduled for demolition to Palestinian land nearby, effectively legalizing the rogue outpost. (AFP)
- Region: Turkey’s role in the US-led coalition against Islamic State will continue without interruption following last month’s failed military coup, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said. (Reuters)
- Iraq: The UN says more than 100,000 people have been displaced as Iraqi forces clear territory ahead of the critical battle for the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. (AP)
- Syria: Germany called for UN-supervised humanitarian access to the city of Aleppo, and also said a unilateral three-hour daily cease-fire isn’t enough. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US Democratic National Committee is creating an advisory board on cybersecurity in the aftermath of an embarrassing email hack prior. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Conson)
- Location: 101 NM NE of Minami Tori Shima
- Winds: 51 mph
- Movement: N at 20 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 109km E of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
- Magnitude: 7.2
- Depth: 10 km
- Earthquakes: South of the Fiji Islands
- Magnitude: 6.1
- Depth: 75 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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 (13AUG)
- Central African Republic: Independence Day – 1960
- Cuba: Fidel Castro’s Birthday – 1926