- AFRICA: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe warned protesters there would be no “Arab Spring” in the country after anti-government demonstrations descended into violence.
- AMERICAS: Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the ceasefire between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group will not end the government’s commitment to fighting crime.
- ASIA: North Korea expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country’s latest submarine-launched missile test.
- EUROPE: About 30 French mayors have been urged to follow a court ruling which overturned a controversial ‘burkini’ ban in a resort town.
- MIDDLE EAST: Turkish warplanes and artillery hit a village inside Syria held by Kurdish-led forces.
- TECHNOLOGY: A Chinese citizen was arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a cyber attack that cost Austrian aerospace parts maker FACC, which customers include Airbus and Boeing, EUR42 million.
- Afghanistan: The Taliban captured a southeastern district.
- The militants captured the Jani Khel district of Paktia Province along the Pakistan border.
- Officials said the Taliban took control of a strategically important district, as the militant group continues to make advances across the country.
- During the fighting for the control of Jani Khil district over the past couple of days, 50 militants and five police have been killed and several others injured.
- Afghan security forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters today to prevent civilian casualties.
- AP, Reuters, Radio Free, DPA,
- Region: Japanese PM Abe announced the country will mobilize a total of USD30 billion in private- and public-sector funds to invest in Africa over three years during Japan-led African development conference. (Kyodo)
- Kenya: Francis Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), and two other top officials of Kenya’s Olympic committee have been arrested in Nairobi as investigators dig into a series of scandals. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: President Mugabe warned protesters there would be no “Arab Spring” in the country after anti-government demonstrations descended into violence. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: The UN humanitarian office said more than 50,000 citizens fled into the troubled Darfur region in neighboring Sudan this year. (AP)
- Bolivia: Five people, including a leader representing miners, were arrested in relation to the killing of Rodolfo Illanes, the deputy minister of interior. (CNN)
- Brazil: Police indicted former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife and three other people for active and passive corruption as well as money laundering. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the ceasefire between the government and the FARC rebel group will not end the government’s commitment to fighting crime. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: Police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month. (AFP)
- Indian Kashmir: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chief cleric and head of a separatist coalition opposed to the Indian rule of Kashmir, was arrested near Srinagar. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Protesters marched in the streets in Kuala Lumper to denounce alleged massive corruption in government. (DPA)
- North Korea: The country expressed anger at United Nations Security Council discussions over a statement denouncing the country’s latest submarine-launched missile test. (AP)
- France: About 30 mayors have been urged to follow a court ruling which overturned a controversial ‘burkini’ ban in a resort town. (BBC)
- France: Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said teachers put on the so-called “S-list” on suspicion of links to terrorists have been suspended. (Sputnik)
- Italy: President Sergio Mattarella paid a visit to Amatrice, the town devastated in the earthquake, as the country observes a day of national mourning for the 284 victims. (AP)
- Iran: Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the country will work with other OPEC members to support oil prices, but it will not back down from its goal of restoring output lost due to economic sanctions. (RadioFree)
- Syria: The US and Russia are ‘close’ to reaching an agreement to end the war, with both nations saying they would try and finalize a deal soon. (Al Jazeera)
- Syria: Turkish warplanes and artillery hit a village inside the country held by Kurdish-led forces. (DPA)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: A Chinese citizen has been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a cyber attack that cost Austrian aerospace parts maker FACC, which customers include Airbus and Boeing, EUR42 million. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 12W Lionrock
- Location: 452 NM W of Iwo To
- Winds: 110 mph
- Movement: NE at 5 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Gaston
- Location: 915 MI ESE of Bermuda
- Winds: 65 mph
- Movement: NW at 15 mph
- Hurricane: Hurricane Lester
- Location: 550 MI SW of the Southern Tip of Baja California
- Winds: 75 mph
- Movement: W at 9 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Madeleine
- Location: 1235 MI ESE of Hilo Hawaii
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcano: Colima, Western Mexico
- Erupted with a column of smoke and ash plumes that spread across the region.
- Volcano: Mount Sinaburg, Indonesia
- Erupted spewing ash and smoke over a distance of more than three kilometers.
- 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 18AUG: 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 18AUG: 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 18AUG: 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 (28AUG)
- Bangladesh: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Dhaka
- United Kingdom: Anniversary of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s divorce – 1996
- United States: Anniversary of the March on Washington – 1963