- AFRICA: Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and Benin agreed to accelerate the deployment of the 8,700-strong joint military force against the Boko Haram militant group.
- AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he would not reopen the border with Colombia until normality, peace, and law were restored in the territory.
- ASIA: A car bombing in Kabul killed 12 people, including three American nationals working as NATO contractors in Afghanistan.
- EUROPE: Thousands of migrants flooded past Macedonian border security guards into the Balkan nation. Several dozen were injured.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State ambushed and killed 50 Iraqi troops in the Anbar province west of Baghdad.
- TECHNOLOGY: Nothing to report.
- France Train Attack: French President offers gratitude to U.S. citizens, regional security issues addressed
- President Francois Hollande offered his “heartfelt thanks” to U.S. President Obama for the “exemplary conduct” shown by three U.S. citizens who overpowered a gunman on a Paris-bound train
- Two of the three Americans were off-duty servicemen.
- Belgium steps up security measures after train attack
- Coverage: AFP TELE
- Region: Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and Benin agreed to accelerate the deployment of the 8,700-strong joint military force against the Boko Haram militant group. (REUT)
- Mali: A landmine blast injured two Cambodian peacekeepers. (XIN)
- Somalia: Two separate bomb explosions killed at least 18 people in Mogadishu and the southern port city of Kismayo. (AP)
- Region: Hurricane Danny caused a tropical storm watch across a number of popular Caribbean island vacation destinations. The storm is expected to weaken to below hurricane strength before it reaches the Leeward Islands late Sunday or early Monday. (AFP)
- El Salvador: At least 14 inmates were killed when violence erupted between two factions of a notorious gang in a prison north of the capital San Salvador. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he would not reopen the border with Colombia until normality, peace, and law were restored in the territory. (XIN)
- Afghanistan: Local residents discovered the bodies of three abducted border police officers in Ghazni province. (AP)
- Afghanistan: A car bombing in Kabul killed 12 people, including three American nationals working as NATO contractors. (REUT)
- India: Three militants were killed and an Indian military trooper was wounded in a fierce gunfight 85 km northwest of Srinagar city. (XIN)
- Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko released six opposition leaders from jail less than two months before presidential polls. The opposition leaders were considered by many foreign observers to be political prisoners. (AFP)
- Belgium: Authorities stepped up security measures following a thwarted attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train by a suspected jihadist gunman. (AFP)
- Macedonia: Thousands of migrants flooded past border security guards into the Balkan nation. Several dozen were injured during the incident. (AP)
- Region: Yemeni Shiite rebels killed a Saudi soldier in an exchange of fire along the Yemeni-Saudi border. (AP)
- Iraq: The Islamic State ambushed and killed 50 Iraqi troops in the Anbar province west of Baghdad. (AP)
- Iraq: Iraqi military airstrikes in Anbar province killed 25 Islamic State militants. (XIN)
- Syria: Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria killed six and wounded seven in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel that Jerusalem blamed on militants backed by Iran. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Nothing to report.
- Cyclones: Super Typhoon 17W (Atsani)
- Location: 454 NM SE of Yokohama
- Movement: NE at 8 mph
- Winds: 92 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 16W (Goni)
- Location: 102 NM SW of Kadena AB
- Movement: N at 7 mph
- Winds: 104 mph
- Tropical Storms: Tropical Storm Danny
- Location: 694 miles SE of San Juan
- Movement: W at 15 mph
- Wind: 50 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 11AUG: 475,602 (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: 15,515
- Deaths as of 11AUG: 81 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 21AUG: 1432 (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: 507 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24AUG)
- Ukraine: Independence Day – 1991