- AFRICA: Some 235,000 migrants in Libya are ready to make the Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises, UN envoy Martin Kobler said.
- AMERICAS: A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested and is facing a charge of arson and hate crime in a fire that heavily damaged a mosque Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended.
- ASIA: US President Barack Obama has rewarded Myanmar for its progress towards democracy by promising to lift all remaining sanctions.
- EUROPE: The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine’s war-torn east since the beginning of the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in APR2014.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s fragile truce has been extended for 48 hours, but without signs of much-needed aid deliveries.
- TECHNOLOGY: Delaying or blocking a planned transition of oversight of the Internet’s technical management from the US to a global community would be a “gift to Russia” and other authoritarian regimes, a senior Obama administration official said.
- Philippines: Death Squad member implicates President Duterte.
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the murder of political opponents while mayor of Davao, a former death squad member has alleged.
- The witness, 57-year-old Edgar Matobato, is the first member of the so-called Davao Death Squad to testify openly, describing a series of gruesome murders, including one in which the victim was fed to crocodiles.
- Matobato said he spent years working as part of the death squad, and his claims, which have not been independently confirmed, link President Duterte and his son, Paolo Duterte.
- The Philippine Senate committee inquiry was being led by Sen. Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign that has left more than 3,000 suspected drug users and dealers dead since he assumed the presidency in June.
- Senator de Lima, told the inquiry Matobato had surrendered to the investigatory body in 2009 and had until recently been in a witness protection scheme.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, WP, WSJ
- Region: Some 235,000 migrants in Libya are ready to make the Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises, UN envoy Martin Kobler said. (AFP)
- Kenya: A Somali refugee repatriation program fails international standards for voluntary return because it is marked by fear and intimidation by Kenyan authorities, Human Rights Watch says. (AP)
- Libya: Two Indian teachers abducted in JUL2015 by Islamic State militants in the country have been released. (DPA)
- Colombia: The country’s top administrative court has ruled the state was responsible for the murder of satirist and peacemaker Jaime Garzon more than a decade ago. (AP)
- United States: A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested and is facing a charge of arson and hate crime in a fire that heavily damaged a mosque Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended. (AP)
- Venezuela: A grenade blast at a prison in central Guarico state left one inmate dead and 22 others injured. (AFP)
- China: Journalists were attacked and forced out of Wukan village where authorities suppressed new protests. (AP)
- Japan: Renho Murata became the first female leader of the country’s biggest opposition party, striking a rare blow for Japanese women in public life. (Guardian)
- Myanmar: US President Barack Obama has rewarded the country for its progress towards democracy by promising to lift all remaining sanctions. (EFE)
- Taiwan: Regulators ordered the removal of executives of a local bank linked to the Panama Papers scandal and barred it from opening overseas branches. (AFP)
- Region: The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine’s war-torn east since the beginning of the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in APR2014. (AFP)
- Region: Britain’s government finally approved the controversial Chinese-backed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, but with new conditions to address security concerns. (AFP)
- Region: Ukraine launched a dispute before the World Trade Organization, complaining Russian restrictions on road and rail transit of Ukrainian goods violate international trade agreements. (AFP)
- Ukraine: Separatist rebels and government troops are both reporting violations of a cease-fire that was supposed to begin at midnight in the country’s east. (AP)
- Region: Israel’s air force hit the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after Palestinians fired a rocket into southern Israel. (AFP)
- Region: Some 20 women of different nationalities set sail for the Gaza Strip from Barcelona, in the latest attempt to break a crippling blockade imposed by Israel. (AFP)
- Region: Saudi Prince Khaled al-Faisal urged Iran to end “wrong attitudes” toward Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
- Syria: The country’s fragile truce has been extended for 48 hours, but without signs of much-needed aid deliveries. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Delaying or blocking a planned transition of oversight of the Internet’s technical management from the US to a global community would be a “gift to Russia” and other authoritarian regimes, a senior Obama administration official said. (Reuters)
- Cyclone: Typhoon Meranti
- Location: 178 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
- Winds: 105 mph
- Movement: NNW at 12 mph
- Cyclone: Typhoon Malakas
- Location: 460 miles ENE of Manila, Philippines
- Winds: 90 mph
- Movement: WNW at 17 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Ian
- Location: 670 miles ENE of Bermuda
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: NNE at 14 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Julia
- Location: 50 miles SSE of Charleston, South Carolina
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: ENE at 5 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Orlene
- Location: 695 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 70 mph
- Movement: WNW at 6 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Depression Twelve
- Location: 255 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 09SEP: 185,229 (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 09SEP: 67,620
- Deaths as of 09SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 08SEP: 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 (16SEP)
- Global: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – 1987
- CIS Region: CIS foreign ministers and heads of state to meet in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- Europe Region: 27 remaining EU member states to meet in Bratislava to discuss Brexit
- Iran: Anniversary of Tabas earthquake – 1978
- Malaysia: Malaysia Day – 1963
- Mexico: Independence Day – 1810
- United States: Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Council to meet