- AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is “wounded”, in his first comments on military claims that the extremist leader was injured in an attack.
- AMERICAS: The final witnesses in the defense of suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff testified in her senate impeachment trial.
- ASIA: Muslim extremists staged a daring jailbreak in the southern region of the Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic popularity has declined, a poll showed, with 50 percent of citizens against her serving a fourth term.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists said government airplanes attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned.
- TECHNOLOGY: Tech giants, such as Google and Microsoft, which create sprawling data centers in small towns in order to expand Cloud Computing technology, rarely provide job opportunities for local citizens.
- Syria: Turkey expands military presence in northern part of country.
- Turkey suffered its first fatality since launching operation “Euphrates Shield” in Syria, blaming Kurdish militia in a fight for control of the border region.
- Turkey targeted Kurdish forces south of Syria’s Jarablus.
- The Jarablus Military Council, which is allied with the Kurdish YPG forces, vowed to stand their ground.
- One Turkish soldier and three others were wounded in a rocket attack on a Turkish tank.
- Turkish shelling and air strikes killed at least 20 civilians during the fifth day of an incursion against Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish militia.
- AP, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Guardian, Al Jazeera
- Region: Senegalese President Macky Sall urged African countries to address the challenge of energy deficit to participate in the global value chain advocated by G20 countries. (Xinhua)
- Libya: Forces loyal to UN-backed unity government pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the IS group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. (AFP)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is “wounded”, in his first comments on military claims that the extremist leader was injured in an attack. (AFP)
- Brazil: The final witnesses in the defense of suspended president Dilma Rousseff testified in her senate impeachment trial. (AFP)
- Colombia: The main rebel group, the FARC, is to announce a definitive ceasefire taking effect at midnight (05:00 GMT Monday), at the same time as a government ceasefire. (BBC)
- Paraguay: Suspected members of a little-known rebel group killed eight soldiers in an attack in the northern region. (AP)
- Bangladesh: On the eve of Secretary Kerry’s first visit, police said they were hunting more extremist leaders after shooting dead the suspected mastermind of a deadly cafe attack. (AFP)
- Indonesia: There were no serious injuries after an assailant set off a bomb and attempted to attack a priest during church service. (Reuters)
- Philippines: Muslim extremists staged a daring jailbreak in the southern region, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes. (AFP)
- Italy: Engineering and architectural experts highlighted the widespread use of relatively cheap materials as a possible factor explaining why so many buildings collapsed during the devastating earthquake. (AFP)
- Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic popularity has declined, a poll showed, with 50 percent of citizens against her serving a fourth term. (Reuters)
- Russia: Russian reporter Alexander Shchetinin was found dead in his flat in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. (TASS)
- Turkey: Kurdish militants launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a civilian airport in the southeast, causing minor damage and no injuries. (AP)
- Iran: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the country’s interest in deepening and broadening cooperation with Venezuela and other Latin American countries. (EFE)
- Palestinian Territories: PM Rami Al-Hamdallah said that the international financial support to his government was reduced by 70 percent in 2016. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Activists said government airplanes attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned. (AP)
- Yemen: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a rebel convoy near a taxi stand in the center of the country, killing seven civilians and nine insurgents. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Tech giants, such as Google and Microsoft, which create sprawling data centers in small towns in order to expand Cloud Computing technology, rarely provide job opportunities for local citizens. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Lionrock (12w)
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
- Location: 655 MI ESE of Bermuda
- Winds: 85 mph
- Movement: NW at 8 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
- Location: 780 MI WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
- Winds: 105 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Madeline
- Location: 1025 MI ESE of Hilo Hawaii
- Winds: 60 mph
- Movement: WNW at 8 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 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 (29AUG)
- Global: International Day Against Nuclear Tests – 2009
- Brazil: Suspended President Rousseff to appear in person at senate trial to defend herself against impeachment proceedings
- India: US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit to attend US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (to 31AUG)
- Kazakhstan: Anniversary of President Nursultan Nazarbayev shutting down the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing range – 1991
- United States: Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana – 2005