- AFRICA: Mali’s military stated ECOWAS troops would only be welcome in the north.
- AMERICAS: The Federal Police deployed an additional 600 officers in the western Mexican state of Michoacan.
- ASIA: Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to send a joint military team to investigate cross-border attacks.
- EUROPE: In Turkey, a Kurdish lawmaker abducted by PKK rebels on Sunday was released.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, an explosion in Damascus struck near a hotel used by the UN observer team, wounding three.
- TECHNOLOGY: The rapid increase in web domains, seven million in the first quarter of 2012, increases the risk of cybercrime.
- Afghanistan: Wave of attacks across the country killed scores
- At least 29 people were killed and 57 wounded by a suicide bombing in Zaranj.
- A suicide bombing in Kunduz killed at least ten. A roadside bombing in Paktika killed at least four.
- A grenade attack on a mosque in Khost wounded nine.
- The overall death toll hit at least 46, the deadliest day for civilians in the country this year.
- Coverage: NYT, Al Jazeera, AP, Xinhua, AP-2
- Region: Former Sudanese PM al Mahdi stated Sudan and South Sudan had to cooperate to avoid “suicide.” (AFP)
- Liberia: The government says it has arrested six of the insurgents who attacked two Ivorian military checkpoints in the border region. (AP)
- Mali: The country’s military stated ECOWAS troops would only be welcome in the north. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Three people were killed in a bomb blast on a northern road leading to a mosque where a cleric had condemned the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. (AFP)
- Somalia: US and UN officials expressed concern that corruption and intimidation were interfering with the selection of the country’s new parliament. (AP)
- Colombia: FARC guerrillas bombed an oil depot in the country’s northeast. (EFE)
- Mexico: Gunmen killed at least eight at a bar in Monterrey. (AP)
- Mexico: The Federal Police has deployed an additional 600 officers in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, where several shootouts involving drug gangs and the security forces have occurred in recent days. (EFE)
- Venezuela: President Chavez stated US will be allowed access to an American citizen alleged of being a mercenary. (Reuters)
- Region: Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to send a joint military team to investigate cross-border attacks. (AFP)
- Region: The US State Department voiced concern about the Pakistan-linked Haqqani network and said it was studying whether to designate the group as terrorists after strong appeals by Congress. (AFP)
- Region: Cambodia and Vietnam expressed their commitment to intensify cooperation to fight against cross border drug trafficking and all forms of drug offensives. (Xinhua)
- Region: The US says China should not use bilateral talks to attempt to “divide and conquer” South China Sea claimant nations. (AP)
- Korean Peninsula: President Lee Myung-Bak called for the North to begin a transformation in reform. (Reuters)
- India: Four roadside bombs struck the northeastern state of Manipur, but inflicted no casualties. (AFP)
- Philippines: Tropical storm Kai-Tak struck the northern part of the country, causing flooding and landslides that killed at least two. (AFP)
- France: A large police deployment in Amiens prevented further rioting. (Reuters)
- Greece: The country prevented default on debts owed to the ECB with a successful sale of treasury bills. (WSJ)
- Moldova: The OSCE is concerned over the provocative activity of nationalist organizations in Moldova. (Itar-Tass)
- Romania: The constitutional court will rule on 21AUG on the validity of a referendum on impeaching suspended President Basescu, bringing the decision forward by 10 days. (Reuters)
- Russia: A clash in Dagestan killed two policemen and one militant. (Itar-Tass)
- Turkey: A Kurdish lawmaker abducted by PKK rebels on Sunday was released. (Al Jazeera)
- Region: Iran was accused providing pro-government forces in Syria with weapons and training. (Al Jazeera)
- Region: Israel’s defense establishment is confident the dismissal of Egypt’s top military chiefs will not hinder its security cooperation with Cairo. (Xinhua)
- Syria: An explosion struck near a hotel used by the UN observer team, wounding three. (NYT)
- Yemen: A secessionist leader was detained in Aden upon his arrival to the country. (Reuters)
- Yemen: A clash at the defense ministry headquarters in Sanaa between rival factions left at least five dead. (WaPo)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Seven million new domain names were added to the web in the first quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 233 million. While the Internet is gearing up for more innovation, the increase in domains also comes with the need to protect web users from the growth of cyber criminals. (Mashable)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
- Location: 260 NM N of Manila
- Movement: NW at 18 mph
- Winds: 65 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 775 miles SE of Bermuda
- Movement: NNW at 15 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Hector
- Location: 520 miles SW of Baja California
- Movement: W at 2 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16AUG)
- Poland: Head of the Russian Orthodox Catholic Church visits from 16AUG-19AUG to sign a document appealing to Polish-Russian relations, wrongdoings.
- Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko appeals her abuse-of-office conviction.