- AFRICA: In Libya, at least 34 fighters were killed and more than 180 wounded as they closed in on the last Islamic State militant holdouts in the city of Sirte.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, the FARC rebel force formally ordered a definitive ceasefire as part of an accord to end 52 years of conflict with the government.
- ASIA: Secretary Kerry held talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on combatting extremism as police killed members of an Islamist group blamed for a deadly cafe siege.
- EUROPE: French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve gathered leaders of the country’s Muslim community, experts and lawmakers to mend relations between Islam and the French state undermined by the burkinis dispute.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Turkey said it would press on with targeting a Syrian Kurdish militia if it failed to fulfill promises to retreat east of the Euphrates River.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iran inaugurated the first phase of its own national Intranet, called the “National Network of Data.”
- Yemen: ISIS-claimed bombing kills at least 60.
- At least 60 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing at a military facility in the southern city of Aden.
- Among the casualties were at least 45 pro-government troops who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen’s north.
- ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Islamist militants have exploited an 18-month-old civil war between the Houthis and Hadi’s supporters and launched a series of attacks targeting senior officials, religious figures, security forces and compounds of the Saudi-led Arab military coalition which supports Hadi.
- Aden has been used as the de facto capital of Hadi’s Saudi-backed government as the actual capital, Sanaa, has been under the control of Houthi rebels since last year.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters
- Region: Benin has taken measures to protect its citizens living in Gabon against any eventual post-election violence, according to a government statement. (Xinhua)
- Benin: The country will set up a training center for peacekeeping missions in Cana, a town situated about 100 kilometers north of economic capital Cotonou. (Xinhua)
- Kenya: Japan will give the country USD 9.78M in aid to spur economic and social development, and contribute to a geothermal power project. (Reuters)
- Libya: At least 34 fighters were killed and more than 180 wounded as they closed in on the last Islamic State militant holdouts in the city of Sirte. (Reuters)
- Region: The US condemned Venezuela’s decision to move Daniel Ceballos, a former opposition mayor, to prison from house arrest and called for his immediate release. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Supporters of suspended president Dilma Rousseff rallied as she prepared for the last phase of her impeachment trial. (AFP)
- Colombia: The FARC rebel force formally ordered a definitive ceasefire as part of an accord to end 52 years of conflict with the government. (AFP)
- Region: Indian authorities lifted the curfew from Indian-controlled Kashmir after 52 days of lockdown in the region. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Afghan special forces rescued a kidnapped Australian aid worker, four months after she was taken at gunpoint in the country’s volatile east. (AFP)
- Bangladesh: Secretary Kerry held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on combatting extremism as police killed members of an Islamist group blamed for a deadly cafe siege. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye ordered her senior secretaries to draw up realistic countermeasures against North Korea’s “nuclear threats.” (Xinhua)
- Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte said his bloody anti-drug campaign that has left nearly 1,800 people dead does not amount to genocide. (AP)
- Region: European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said Germany and Turkey have made progress in resolving a dispute over Turkey’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit 250 troops stationed at Incirlik Air Base. (Reuters)
- Belgium: Five people were arrested over a fire at crime laboratories in Brussels that officials believe may have been started to destroy forensic evidence. (BBC)
- France: Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve gathered leaders of the country’s Muslim community, experts and lawmakers to mend relations between Islam and the French state undermined by the burkinis dispute. (AP)
- Germany: Federal prosecutors indicted a teenage girl on charges of attempted murder and supporting a terrorist organization. (AP)
- Iran: Nuclear scientist Omid Kokabee, who has been imprisoned in the country for the past five years, was given a personal pardon by the justice minister. (DPA)
- Iraq: Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer. (AFP)
- Israel: Amnesty International called on Israel to give aid worker Mohammed Halabi charged with aiding the Islamist movement Hamas a “fair and open trial”. (AFP)
- Syria: Turkey said it would press on with targeting a Syrian Kurdish militia if it failed to fulfill promises to retreat east of the Euphrates River. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Iran inaugurated the first phase of its own national Intranet, called the “National Network of Data.” (AP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Lionrock (12w)
- Location: 307 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
- Winds: 110 mph
- Movement: NE at 18 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
- Location: 575 NM E of Bermuda
- Winds: 120 mph
- Movement: Nearly stationary
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
- Location: 1120 NM WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 85 mph
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Madeline
- Location: 800 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 65 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight
- Location: 285 MI SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nine
- Location: 100 NM SW of Key West, Florida
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: W at 9 mph
- Earthquakes: North of Ascension Island
- Magnitude: 7.4
- Depth: 10 km
- 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 28AUG: 1,800 (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 28AUG: 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 (30AUG)
- Global: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – 2011
- China: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit (to 06SEP)
- Russia: 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first Arctic Convoys from Great Britain at the port of Arkhangelsk during World War II (to 31AUG)