- AFRICA: UN Security Council diplomats went behind closed doors to discuss continued fighting in the South Sudan and weigh whether to impose an arms embargo and sanctions.
- AMERICAS: Guatemala’s new interim president Alejandro Maldonado assured Congress on that he would help find a solution to the country’s current crisis, local media reported.
- ASIA: Police in Tajikistan said on they had killed 13 rebels and had closed in on a sacked deputy defense minister accused of leading gun attacks around the capital Dushanbe which left nine police officers dead
- EUROPE: Azerbaijani troops killed two ethnic-Armenian servicemen of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh’s army, separatist authorities said, sparking fears of a new flare-up in tensions.
- MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al Saud told U.S. President Barack Obama, at a meeting in the White House, that he supports the nuclear accord reached with Iran.
- TECHNOLOGY: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised young Iranians for using social media to support the Iran Deal during a televised speech.
- Europe: Austrian and German officials have begun taking refugees from the Hungarian border, where the government refused to take them in.
- More than 1,000 people from the Middle East and Asia, boarded scores of buses provided by Hungary’s government and arrived before dawn on the border with Austria.
- The breakthrough became possible when Austria announced that it and Germany would take the migrants on humanitarian grounds and to aid their EU neighbor.
- Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that the plight of thousands of migrants stranded in Hungary, now being taken into his country, was a wake-up call for Europe.
- Germany can cope with a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants this year without raising taxes and without jeopardizing its goal of a balanced budget, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a newspaper interview
- German police said officials were expecting up to 10,000 refugees during the day after Austria and Germany agreed with Hungary to allow migrants to cross their borders.
- (AFP, AP, Reuters, Reuters-1)
- Region: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the international community to encourage dialogue among the South Sudanese parties to the current peace agreement for smooth implementation. (Xinhua)
- Nigeria: At least five people were shot dead and six others injured in an attack by suspected Boko Haram members on a remote community in the northeastern state of Borno, a security source told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: UN Security Council diplomats went behind closed doors to discuss continued fighting in the country and weigh whether to impose an arms embargo and sanctions. (AFP)
- Guatemala: The new interim president Alejandro Maldonado assured Congress on that he would help find a solution to the country’s current crisis, local media reported. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: Police seized a ton of so-called “black cocaine” at Mexico City’s airport and destroyed more than 100 tons of marijuana plants in western state of Nayarit, according to statements from federal authorities. (AP)
- Venezuela: The more-than-yearlong trial of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was nearing an end as the imprisoned politician prepared to give his final remarks in a closed courtroom. (AP)
- Afghanistan: A group of unknown armed men, presumably Taliban militants intercepted two civilian vehicles in Zari district of the northern Balkh province on Saturday and shot dead 13 travelers, a local official, Abdul Rahim said. (Xinhua)
- Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott rejected calls from his own party to increase the country’s intake of refugees from Syria. (DPA)
- Pakistan: Security forces in Pakistan have foiled a major terror bid in the southwestern city of Quetta ahead of the country’s Defense Day celebrations, security officials said Saturday. (Xinhua)
- Tajikistan: Police said they had killed 13 rebels and had closed in on a sacked deputy defense minister accused of leading gun attacks around the capital Dushanbe which left nine police officers dead. (Reuters)
- Azerbaijan: Troops killed two ethnic-Armenian servicemen of the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh’s army, separatist authorities said, sparking fears of a new flare-up in tensions. (AFP)
- Croatia: Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said the idea of refugee allocation quotas was acceptable while building walls to stop immigrants was unacceptable. (Xinhua)
- Moldova: Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Natalia Gherman has described the presence of a Russian military attache at a recent military parade in Transdniestria as unacceptable, and summoned a Russian embassy official to lodge a complaint. (Interfax)
- Saudi Arabia: King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al Saud told U.S. President Barack Obama, at a meeting Friday in the White House, that he supports the nuclear accord reached with Iran. (EFE)
- Syria: A prominent Druze cleric known for criticising the regime and Islamists was assassinated in a car bomb attack that killed 25 others and sparked riots outside the city of Sweida, a monitor said. (AFP)
- Yemen: The UN Security Council on Friday condemned terrorist attacks targeting a mosque in Sana’a which killed more than 30 people and injured 100 others. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: The UAE bombarded Yemeni rebels with air strikes on Saturday as it mourned 45 soldiers, among 50 killed in the deadliest day yet for a Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Social Media: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised young Iranians for using social media to support the Iran Deal during a televised speech. (Mashable)
- Cyclone: Typhoon 03C (Kilo)
- Location: 502 miles NE of Wake Island
- Winds: 92 mph
- Movement: W at 12mph
- Hurricane: Hurricane 13E (Jimena)
- Location: 624 miles East of Hilo
- Winds: 75 mph
- Movement: NW at 6 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Depression 14E (Kevin)
- Location: 340 miles W of the Southern tip of Baja California
- Winds: 45 mph
- Movement: N at 8 mph
- Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fred
- Location: 1305 miles SW of the Azores
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- o Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- § Suspected Cases as of 28AUG: 541,468 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- § Confirmed Cases: 18,039
- § Deaths as of 28AUG: 60 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- o Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- § Cases as of 02SEP: 1493 (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 02SEP: 527 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- § Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06SEP)
- Germany: Anniversary of the Munich Massacre, Olympic hostages killed in gun battle – 1972
- Guatemala: General elections
- Libya: Algeria, Niger and Chad to discuss Libyan crisis in Algiers