- AFRICA: Secretary Kerry met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and African foreign ministers for talks focusing on South Sudan and looming elections in Somalia.
- AMERICAS: Hundreds of thousands of people across Chile took part in protests against the country’s controversial privatized pension plan.
- ASIA: Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the Philippines is not pulling out of the UN, reiterating its commitment to the organization despite its “frustrations.”
- EUROPE: Turkish police detained five people who tried to break into Israel’s consulate in Istanbul to protest Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran said Russia stopped using an Iranian air base for strikes in Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere wants to introduce facial identification technology to the surveillance cameras in public transit.
- Korean Peninsula: Tensions persist amid US/South Korean military exercises
- The US and South Korea kicked off annual military exercises, prompting warnings of retaliation from the North.
- North Korea’s military said its first-strike units were ready to turn the US and Washington “into a heap of ashes through a Korean-style preemptive nuclear strike” if North Korea’s sovereignty is threatened.
- The latest warning comes at a time of more tension following the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat and a US plan to place a high-tech defense missile system in South Korea.
- South Korean President Park Geun Hye said the possibility of a terrorist attack or other provocations by North Korea is increasing as Kim Jong Un’s regime struggles to stem defections of key government officials.
- Defectors and observers said that while fissures may start appearing in the reclusive country, collective action such as staging a coup or a popular uprising is not likely given covert state agents widespread throughout North Korean society.
- Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, Reuters, VOA, Yonhap
- Region: Secretary Kerry met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and African foreign ministers for talks focusing on South Sudan and looming elections in Somalia. (AFP)
- Libya: Forces renewed their push to oust Islamic State from its stronghold of Sirte, saying they seized the city’s main mosque and a jail run by the militants’ ‘morality police’. (Reuters)
- Mali: Malian jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi confessed to the International Criminal Court he ordered the 2012 attacks on the fabled city of Timbuktu. (AFP)
- Chile: Hundreds of thousands of people across the country took part in protests against the country’s controversial privatized pension plan. (BBC)
- United States: Public health officials warned the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the US Gulf Coast. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: Political mistrust between the ruling and opposition parties is widening, just 10 days ahead of a mass protest to demand a recall referendum against President Maduro. (Xinhua)
- Region: China’s coast guard launched live-firing exercises in the Gulf of Tonkin, amid renewed tensions among disputants to territory in the South China Sea. (AP)
- Japan: The nation protested to Russia over the detention of a Japanese man visiting one of the disputed islands between the two countries. (AP)
- Philippines: Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the country is not pulling out of the UN, reiterating its commitment to the organization despite its “frustrations.” (Xinhua)
- Philippines: A new round of peace talks between the government of President Duterte and communist rebels resumed. (AFP)
- Taiwan: A dozen politicians from pro-independence parties staged an airport protest over a visit by Shanghai Communist Party official Sha Hailin to the island. (AP)
- Lithuania: The country signed a deal for German-made armored vehicles intended to boost its defense capabilities, with concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep. (AFP)
- Turkey: Police detained five people who tried to break into Israel’s consulate in Istanbul to protest Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
- Turkey: Turkish authorities are trying to ascertain the identity of a child suicide bomber acting on the orders of Islamic State jihadists who killed 51 people at a crowded Kurdish wedding. (AFP)
- Turkey: One soldier was killed and three police officers were wounded in a clash with PKK terrorists in the Nazımiye district of eastern Tunceli province. (Reuters)
- Region: Egyptian President al-Sisi said Russia wants to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive peace talks. (AFP)
- Region: Turkey said Islamic State jihadists must be totally pushed out of the Syrian border region, after a suicide bombing in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. (AFP)
- Iran: The country said Russia stopped using an Iranian air base for strikes in Syria. (Reuters)
- Syria: New fighting broke out overnight between Kurdish and regime forces in the flashpoint northern city of Hasakeh, as Russian officials pursued mediation efforts. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere wants to introduce facial identification technology to the surveillance cameras in public transit. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 13W (Kompasu)
- Location: 96 NM SE Misawa, Japan
- Winds: 34 mph
- Movement: N at 16 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Lionrock)
- Location: 403 NM ENE of Okinawa, Japan
- Winds: 46 mph
- Movement: WSW at 10 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Mindulle)
- Location: 422 NM S of Yokosuka, Japan
- Winds: 63 mph
- Movement: N at 21 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Kay
- Location: 390 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: WNW at 7 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fiona
- Location: 570 NM NE of the Leeward Islands
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: WNW at 18 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 21AUG: 1,792 (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 21AUG: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 11AUG: 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 11AUG: 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 11AUG: 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 (23AUG)
- Global: Malaysia-chaired UN Security Council to hold open debate on weapons of mass destruction
- Armenia: Anniversary of Soviet Republic of Armenia declaring independence – 1990
- Belarus: CSTO Enduring Brotherhood-2016 military exercise (to 27AUG)
- China: Albania’s Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to visit (to 27AUG)
- Japan: Foreign ministers of Japan, China, and South Korea to meet in Tokyo (to 24AUG)
- Nigeria: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit