- AFRICA: Former rebel leader and ex-VP Riek Machar has left South Sudan and is now in a “safe” country in the region, his aides said.
- AMERICAS: In Bolivia, President Evo Morales has opened a new “anti-imperialist” military academy to counter US policies and military influence in Latin America.
- ASIA: Under pressure from top Australian officials, Vietnam lifted its sudden ban commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War.
- EUROPE: In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed suggestions that the influx of refugees over the past year has brought Islamic extremism to the country.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syria’s UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has cut short a meeting of its humanitarian aid task force amid continued fighting that has prevented aid deliveries.
- TECHNOLOGY: Increasing numbers of foreign fighters for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are using the “dark web” or encrypted messaging that the most sophisticated intelligence agencies can’t penetrate, UN experts said.
- Turkey: Three car bombings kill ten, injure 219.
- Two car bombings targeted police stations in the country’s east, killing at least six people and wounding at least 219 others.
- A third attack struck the mainly Kurdish province of Bitlis, targeting a military vehicle returning from an exercise, killing three soldiers.
- The attacks occured within an hour of each other.
- The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is being blamed for the bombings, despite no claims of responsibility.
- Kurdish militants have carried out frequent bomb attacks in the country’s southeast in recent months but Elazig, the site of one bombing, has not been an area of significant conflict.
- Coverage: AP, AP-1, BBC, Independent, Reuters, USA Today
- Democratic Republic of Congo: A civilian and a police officer were killed during a protest at government failure to stop massacres of civilians by rebel groups. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: Former rebel leader and ex-VP Riek Machar has left the country and is now in a “safe” country in the region, his aides said. (AFP)
- Zambia: The country’s main opposition party will file a court petition against President Edgar Lungu’s re-election. (Reuters)
- Bolivia: President Evo Morales has opened a new “anti-imperialist” military academy to counter US policies and military influence in Latin America. (Guardian)
- Brazil: Suspended President Dilma Rousseff will appear before the Brazilian Senate on 29AUG to offer testimony in a trial that could lead to her permanent ouster. (EFE)
- Colombia: Colombian voters will back a peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels in a plebiscite, according to a recent opinion poll. (Reuters)
- Region: The Philippines formally received one of 10 patrol vessels provided by Japan to help boost Manila’s maritime capability amid its territorial disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea. (Kyodo)
- Australia: Asylum seekers held in the Manus Island detention center have only two resettlement choices: settle in Papua New Guinea, or return to their country of origin, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said. (DPA)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea vowed action with the international community to counter North Korea’s resumption of weapons-grade plutonium production. (Yonhap)
- Thailand: The country’s ruling junta said 15 suspects in last week’s bomb and arson attacks are being detained at a military barracks in Bangkok. (AFP)
- Vietnam: Under pressure from top Australian officials, the country lifted its sudden ban commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War. (AP)
- Region: Moldova’s foreign ministry has summoned Russian diplomats to protest recent military exercises involving Russian troops in a separatist region of Moldova. (AP)
- Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed suggestions that the influx of refugees over the past year has brought Islamic extremism to the country. (AP)
- Germany: German prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against a 22-year-old man accused of joining the Islamic State group in Syria and appearing in propaganda videos. (AP)
- Netherlands: Dutch authorities say beefed-up security measures at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport are being scaled back following investigation of an unspecified threat. (AP)
- Region: Israel’s security forces arrested five Palestinians and seized weapons in an overnight raid in the West Bank. (Xinhua)
- Region: Israel’s hardline defense minister Avigdor Lieberman has a new “carrot and stick” policy for the West Bank that will penalize the hometowns of Palestinian attackers while rewarding others. (AFP)
- Syria: The country’s UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has cut short a meeting of its humanitarian aid task force amid continued fighting that has prevented aid deliveries. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Increasing numbers of foreign fighters for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are using the “dark web” or encrypted messaging that the most sophisticated intelligence agencies can’t penetrate, UN experts said. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W
- Location: 725 NM ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
- Winds: 46 mph
- Movement: WNW at 21 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W
- Location: 102 NM ENE of Haikou, China
- Winds: 28 mph
- Movement: W at 4 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10W
- Location: 189 NM WNW of Andersen AFB, Guam
- Winds: 34 mph
- Movement: E at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Fiona
- Location: 995 NM W of the Cabo Verde Islands
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 16 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 12AUG: 180,056 (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 12AUG: 67,411
- Deaths as of 12AUG: 50
- 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 25JUL: 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 25JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 04AUG: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, 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, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, 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, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 04AUG: 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 04AUG: 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 (19AUG)
- Global: World Humanitarian Day – 2006
- Afghanistan: Afghan Independence Day – 1919
- Iraq: Anniversary of car bomb attack on UN headquarters in Iraq – 2003\
- Iraq: Anniversary of the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom – 2010
- Timor-Leste: Cambodian PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen to visit (to 20 AUG)
- United Kingdom: 24/7 Tube service to begin in London