- AFRICA: The election of a new Somali president was delayed by the parliament.
- AMERICAS: Guatemalan police seized 405 kilograms of cocaine and detained 12 suspected smugglers at La Aurora international airport.
- ASIA: The US and ROK forces began their annual joint military exercise “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” near the Korean peninsula.
- EUROPE: Turkey stated that it cannot handle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and proposed a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army deployed an Iron Dome air defence system near the border with Egypt.
- TECHNOLOGY: A well-known hacker claims to have found a significant security flaw in iOS, allowing SMS messages to be spoofed.
- Afghanistan: Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff arrives in Afghanistan amid force restructuring.
- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will hold meetings with the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, and USCENTCOM commander Gen. James Mattis.
- US and Afghan special operations forces have been combined under a single command in an effort to improve coordination.
- A NATO diplomat stated that Afghanistan will not unravel into a civil war after the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in two years, or return to Taliban rule.
- New Zealand said it was considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after three of its soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, USA Today, NYT
- Gambia: President Jammeh announced his government’s plan to carry out death sentences in mid- September to curb crimes and terrorism. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: The election of a new Somali president was delayed by the parliament. (AFP)
- Somalia: Parliament will convene for its inauguration under the protection of African Union troops inside Mogadishu’s airport. (AFP)
- South Africa: Miners will be fired if they do not return to work at platinum mine which was the site of violence, that led to the deaths of 44 people in a week. (AP)
- Guatemala: Police seized 405 kilograms of cocaine and detained 12 suspected smugglers at La Aurora international airport. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The media reported that President Calderon was warned during the early years of his administration of a credible threat to assassinate him. (Reuters)
- Mexico: The army rescued 77 illegal immigrants who were being held captive at a house in Tamaulipas. (EFE)
- Mexico: The federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: An Afghan in police uniform shot and killed a NATO soldier, bringing the death toll from insider attacks this year to 40. (AFP)
- Burma: The information ministry announced that the government had abolished censorship of the media. (AP)
- Japan: The government rejected Chinese protests over the raising of a Japanese flag on a disputed island, but called for progress in “mutually beneficial” relations with Beijing. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: The US and ROK forces began their annual joint military exercise “Ulchi Freedom Guardian.” (AP)
- Tajikistan: US Secretary Clinton will visit Tajikistan on OCT22-23 for talks on regional security. (Itar-Tass)
- Region: Greek and German foreign ministers will meet Monday to open new round of financial diplomacy regarding the Euro. (AP)
- Italy: A man died on Sunday after setting himself on fire outside the Italian parliament last week to highlight his struggle with unemployment. (Reuters)
- Turkey: An operation by security forces left at 15 members of the PKK dead. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: The government stated that it cannot handle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and proposed a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them. (AP)
- Iran: The government said that the UNSCG decision stay away from the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran would sideline the role of the UN. (DPA)
- Israel: The army deployed an Iron Dome air defence system near the border with Egypt. (AFP)
- Israel: Israeli and American naval counterparts concluded joint search-and-rescue exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. (Xinhua)
- Syria: The mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria expired after a four-month deployment. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: A well-known hacker claims to have found a significant security flaw in iOS, allowing SMS messages to be spoofed. (TG Daily)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 15W Tembin
- Location: 320 NM NE of Manila, Philippines
- Movement: NNW at 4 mph
- Winds: 109 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 16W (Bolaven)
- Location: 420 NM S of Iwo To
- Movement: NNW at 7 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Gordon
- Location: 20 miles N of Santa Maria Island
- Movement: ENE at 15 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 1250 miles E of Lesser Antilles
- Movement: W at 20 to 25 mph
- Earthquakes: Near the North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G.
- Magnitude: 6.2
- Depth: 77.3 km
- Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador
- Clouds of gas and ash. (Reuters)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21AUG)
- Europe: USSR invades Czechoslovakia – 1968.
- Europe: Black Sea countries begin naval exercises codenamed Confidence-2012.
- Iran: Bushehr, a nuclear power plant, began operations – 2010.