- AFRICA: UN Security Council diplomats are expected to visit South Sudan this week.
- AMERICAS: Cuba said direct scheduled flights from the US, which will resume 31AUG, will only have real potential when the US ends the economic blockade against the Caribbean island.
- ASIA: The Japanese defense ministry asked for a record-high budget, as it juggles its responses to growing challenges from North Korea and China.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier insists Berlin wants to press ahead with concluding a sweeping European Union-US trade deal.
- MIDDLE EAST: Turkey said it did “not accept” US claims that it agreed a truce with Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
- TECHNOLOGY: Saudi cyber experts held urgent talks after government facilities were hacked.
- Myanmar: Historic peace talks with armed ethnic groups begin.
- The government and military in Myanmar are holding landmark peace talks with armed ethnic groups as part of efforts to bring an end to decades of conflict.
- The talks are being attended by representatives of 17 of the 20 major ethnic groups, including the Karen, Kachin, Shan and Wa, who make up 40 percent of the country’s population.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Myanmar to improve living conditions for its Rohingya Muslim minority, who will not be represented at the conference.
- Delegates expect to meet every six months to discuss issues ranging from security, political representation, language and culture to control of Myanmar’s rich mineral resources.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, DW, Reuters, VOA
- Gabon: The government accused President Ali Bongo’s challenger, Jean Ping, of trying to destabilize the country, and warned French ruling party officials against “interference” in its affairs. (Reuters)
- South Sudan: UN Security Council diplomats are expected to visit the country this week. (Reuters)
- Tunisia: Two Islamist militants and a civilian were killed in a dawn raid on a house in the central Kasserine province by police. (Reuters)
- Region: Regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Labor Organization Jose Manuel Salazar said there are 232 million migrants and that the phenomenon “cannot be turned back” or be “halted with walls.” (EFE)
- Region: Cuba said direct scheduled flights from the US, which will resume 31AUG, will only have real potential when the US ends the economic blockade against the Caribbean island. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Relatives of thousands of people “disappeared” during the nation’s internal armed conflict asked that their loved ones not be forgotten in a country at peace. (EFE)
- Region: Secretary Kerry called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal’s decision on the disputed South China Sea region. (Reuters)
- India: Secretary Kerry said the Indian economy will only be able to maintain its impressive growth if its bureaucracy ceases to be “an expert in setting up roadblocks”. (AFP)
- Japan: The defense ministry asked for a record-high budget, as it juggles its responses to growing challenges from North Korea and China. (Reuters)
- Malaysia: Police arrested three local supporters of the Islamic State group who allegedly have been planning several attacks in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, ahead of independence day celebrations. (Reuters)
- Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier insists Berlin wants to press ahead with concluding a sweeping European Union-US trade deal. (AP)
- Germany: Activists took their protest against the EU-Canada trade deal CETA to the country‘s Constitutional Court, arguing that it runs counter to the rule of law. (DPA)
- Spain: Acting PM Mariano Rajoy will ask parliament to support him for a second term, in hopes of forming a new government that will end eight months of political gridlock. (DPA)
- Region: Turkey said it did “not accept” US claims that it agreed a truce with Kurdish militia in northern Syria. (AFP)
- Region: Key Damascus supporter Iran urged Turkey to quickly wrap up its week-old military intervention in Syria, saying it was an “unacceptable” violation of Syrian sovereignty. (AFP)
- Region: The Israeli army said Israeli authorities shut down a Palestinian radio station in the occupied West Bank over “incitement” to violence. (AFP)
- Syria: UN relief chief Stephen O’Brien reiterated his call for “the immediate lifting of sieges of civilians” in the war-torn country. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Saudi cyber experts held urgent talks after government facilities were hacked. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression Lionrock (12w)
- Location: 246 NM NW of Misawa, Japan
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NW at 40 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Gaston
- Location: 810 NM E of Bermuda
- Winds: 120 mph
- Movement: ENE at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Lester
- Location: 1225 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 140 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Madeline
- Location: 315 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Winds: 110 mph
- Movement: W at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight
- Location: 70 MI SE of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NE at 5 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nine
- Location: 410 NM SSW of Apalachicola, Florida
- Winds: 35 mph
- Movement: NNW at 2 mph
- Earthquakes: 39km E of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea
- Magnitude: 6.7
- Depth: 499.1 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 26AUG: 184,476 (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 26AUG: 67,513
- Deaths as of 26AUG: 55
- 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 (01SEP)
- China: President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit (to 05SEP)
- Cuba: Energy & Infrastructure Summit to be held in Havana (to 02SEP)
- Uzbekistan: Independence Day – 1991