- AFRICA: Gunmen killed two Egyptian policemen Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said, in an attack claimed by ISIS.
- AMERICAS: The Guatemalan Supreme Court approved a request by the country’s attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez and passed the matter to Congress for approval.
- ASIA: The US plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills in the Asia-Pacific to counter China’s rapid expansion in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: In Hungary, more than 2,100 police would be sent to the country’s border with Serbia, as record numbers of refugees and migrants pour into the EU member state.
- MIDDLE EAST: The US and Turkey have reached an agreement which will see Turkish jets join the air campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants.
- TECHNOLOGY: New US Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.
- South Sudan: Peace deal expected to be signed, amid threat of sanctions
- The UN has said it is ready to “act immediately” unless the country’s President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal with rebels.
- East African leaders travelled to South Sudan Wednesday to witness President Salva Kiir’s expected signing of a peace deal with rebels.
- President Kiir will first express “reservations” about the agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar at a summit with regional leaders in the nation’s capital, Juba.
- South Sudan Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, admitted the international community, particularly the US, has been pressuring Kiir to sign the agreement.
- Campaigners described President Kiir’s delay in signing the deal as an attempt to solidify control of the oil sector, which will put in place a 30-month power-sharing government.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, VOA, WSJ
- Burkina Faso: The country’s constitutional council has declared more than 40 people linked to former President Blaise Compaore’s ruling alliance ineligible for an October legislative election. (Reuters)
- Egypt: Gunmen killed two Egyptian policemen Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula, the Interior Ministry said, in an attack claimed by ISIS. (AFP)
- Nigeria: A suicide blast late Tuesday killed a soldier and two bombers near a military checkpoint in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: The government spent USD20m last summer on weapons including machine guns and grenade launchers from China, while rebels procured ammunition made by their onetime rivals in neighboring Sudan, according to the UN. (NYT)
- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday rejected predictions that her country’s economy would experience “immense difficulty” next year. (Xinhua)
- Chile: The Chilean economy is in good shape to weather the effects of volatility in Asian financial markets, Economy Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes said Tuesday. (EFE)
- Guatemala: The Guatemalan Supreme Court on Tuesday approved a request by the country’s attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez and passed the matter to Congress for approval. (Reuters)
- Guyana: The country plans to appoint a new ambassador to Venezuela during the next four weeks amid diplomatic tensions over the disputed Essequibo region. (EFE)
- Region: The US plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills in the Asia-Pacific to counter China’s rapid expansion in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Two NATO soldiers were killed on Wednesday when men wearing uniforms of the Afghan security forces opened fire at an Afghan military base. (NYT)
- India: PM Narendra Modi appealed for peace on Wednesday after a mass rally in his home state turned violent, with overnight rioting and arson. (AFP)
- Japan: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Tokyo after WikiLeaks claimed Washington had spied on Japanese politicians. (AFP)
- Vietnam: Police in Vietnam have made two sizable seizures of illegally imported elephant tusks, state media said Wednesday. (AFP)
- Region: European ministers will gather in Paris for security talks on 29AUG, following last week’s “targeted and premeditated” jihadist attack on a high-speed train. (AFP)
- Region: Kosovo and Serbia have signed a series of agreements in key areas, in a major step towards normalizing ties. (BBC)
- Germany: Two refugee shelters in the country have been attacked, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit a center for asylum-seekers that was hit by violent far-right protests. (AFP)
- Hungary: The government said more than 2,100 police would be sent to the country’s border with Serbia, as record numbers of refugees and migrants pour into the EU member state. (AFP)
- Russia: A court in the country has jailed Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov for 20 years for plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. (BBC)
- Region: The US and Turkey have reached an agreement which will see Turkish jets join the air campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants. (BBC)
- Region: Talks involving Iran, the Gulf states and Turkey are necessary to wage an effective war against Islamic State militants, argued Marzieh Afkham, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. (DPA)
- Iran: The country has no plans to trade Jason Rezaian, the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, for any Iranian citizens held by the US, a Foreign Ministry official said. (NYT)
- Syria: President Bashar al-Assad has expressed “strong confidence” that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime. (AFP)
- Yemen: Al Qaeda in Yemen has denied it was holding a British hostage who the United Arab Emirates said it had rescued from the jihadists this week. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: New US Defense Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents” if they believe journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy. (AP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 16W (Goni)
- Location: 128 NM N of Iwakuni, Japan
- Movement: NNE at 6 mph
- Winds: 30 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03C (Kilo)
- Location: 170 NM NE of Johnston Island
- Movement: N at 1 mph
- Winds: 12 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04C (Loke)
- Location: 896 NM NNW of Johnston Island
- Movement: NNW at 5 mph
- Winds: 25 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12E (Ignacio)
- Location: 1525 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
- Movement: W at 6 mph
- Wind: 45 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erika
- Location: 495 miles E of Antigua
- Movement: W at 18 mph
- Wind: 40 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- § Suspected Cases as of 21AUG: 514,534 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- § Confirmed Cases: 17,118
- § Deaths as of 21AUG: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- § Cases as of 21AUG: 1432 (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: 507 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27AUG)
- Britain and Ireland: Anniversary of IRA bomb killing Lord Mountbatten – 1979
- Moldova: Moldova Independence Day – 1991
- Ukraine: European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko