- AFRICA: In Kenya rioters clashed with police in Mombasa for a second day after the killing of a radical cleric linked to al-Qaeda allied militants.
- AMERICAS: Twelve Mexican federal police officers have been detained for their alleged role in shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees.
- ASIA: Philippine, US and five other Southeast Asian countries’ naval forces commenced counter-terrorism training at the Malacca Strait, Sulu Sea and Subic Bay.
- EUROPE: The Romanian parliament recognized a court decision that suspended President Basescu should return to office.
- MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian Deputy FM Ramzi formally gave Iran the rotating presidency of the 120-nation group non aligned group.
- TECHNOLOGY: Hackers attacked the official website of Kyrgyzstan’s government.
- Colombia: Government in consultation with the FARC and ELN on potential peace talks, 22 FARC rebels detained.
- President Santos said that his government has been in contact with the FARC to agree on conditions for possible talks.
- The FARC offered no immediate public reaction to Mr. Santos’ statement.
- The government and FARC have agreed to open peace negotiations 05OCT in Norway and then shift the talks to Cuba.
- The ELN said it is willing to hold unconditional peace talks but refuses to end its kidnapping, bomb attacks and extortion of foreign oil and mining companies before negotiations start.
- Twenty-two suspected FARC rebels were captured in Antioquia.
- Coverage: WSJ, AP, AFP, Reuters, EFE
- Kenya: Rioters clashed with police in Mombasa for a second day after the killing of a radical cleric linked to al-Qaeda allied militants. (AFP)
- Libya: The US resumed consular services at its embassy but continues to warn against all but essential travel to the country. (AP)
- Somalia: The new parliament met to vote for the position of speaker. (AFP)
- Somalia: Al Shebab militants called on Kenyan Muslims to “take all necessary measures” to protect their religion a day after the murder of a radical cleric. (AFP)
- Sudan: The head of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee criticized the UN as Sudan seemed set to gain a seat on the Human Rights Council. (AFP)
- Mexico: Twelve Mexican federal police officers have been detained for their alleged role in shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees. (AFP)
- Mexico: Four suspected Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel members were arrested in the western state of Jalisco. (EFE)
- Mexico: Eleven bodies were found over the weekend in the southern state of Guerrero. (EFE)
- Region: Navy forces from the Philippines, US and five other Southeast Asian countries commenced counter-terrorism training at the Malacca Strait, Sulu Sea and Subic Bay. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: A suicide truck bombing in Kandahar killed four civilians and wounded the provincial police chief. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: The Taliban denied any involvement in the beheadings of 17 civilians in the south of the country. (DPA)
- Afghanistan: A NATO helicopter made a forced landing in the east of the country causing no fatalities. (Xinhua)
- Burma: The government removed the names of more than 2,000 people from a government blacklist as part of its ongoing reform efforts. (AP)
- China: Egypt’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart in Beijing to improve economic and diplomatic ties. (AFP)
- Pakistan: AQ Khan, the former head of the nuclear program, launched his own political movement aimed at inspiring the youth vote, as the country gears up for an election. (Guardian)
- Region: The Russian, Norwegian and US militaries agreed to hold the next naval exercises Pomor and Northern Eagle. (Itar-Tass)
- Greece: A makeshift bomb exploded outside a National Bank of Greece branch in Athens. (Reuters)
- Romania: The parliament recognized a court decision that suspended President Basescu should return to office. (Reuters)
- Russia: Three militants were killed and two suspects detained in Ingushetia’s Malgobek region. (Itar-Tass)
- Spain: The National Statistic Office said Spain’s recession is deepening and revealed the initial downturn was steeper and began earlier than first thought. (AFP)
- Region: Current and former members of the IRGC said Iran is sending commanders from the IRGC and hundreds of foot soldiers to Syria. (WSJ)
- Iran: Egyptian Deputy FM Ramzi formally gave Iran the rotating presidency of the 120-nation non-aligned movement. (AP)
- Iran: The envoy to the IAEA said Iran “will never stop” its uranium enrichment activities. (AFP)
- Iraq: The government executed 21 people convicted of terror-related charges. (AFP)
- Lebanon: The UNHCR reported number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon rose to around 52,000 with a weekly increase of about 5,090. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Government forces bombarded the eastern belt of Damascus following a day where 60 people were killed in the province. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Hackers attacked the official website of Kyrgyzstan’s government. (Itar-Tass)
- Cyclones: 16W (Bolaven)
- Location: 115 NM W of Seoul, South Korea
- Movement: N at 26 mph
- Winds: 63 mph
- Cyclones: 15W (Tembin)
- Location: 80 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
- Movement: NNW at 16 mph
- Winds: 63 mph
- Cyclones: 09E (Ileana)
- Location: 486 NM W of Acapulco, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 46 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Isaac
- Location: 145 miles SE of the mouth of the Mississippi River
- Movement: NW at 12 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Earthquakes: nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29AUG)
- Asia: Japan and North Korea hold face-to-face talks in Beijing, the first in four years.
- Asia: Anniversary of the implementation of a Japanese treaty to annex Korea – 1910.
- Asia: Under Secretary for International Affairs Brainard attends APEC finance ministers meeting in Moscow.
- United States: Hurricane Katrina hits Louisiana – 2005.