AFRICA: In the DRC, the UN announced more than 80 children were rescued from an armed group in the province of Katanga.
AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he would request that the National Assembly pass an “enabling law” to give him special powers for fighting corruption.
ASIA: Indian police arrested one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, a member of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was wanted in at least 40 terrorism cases.
EUROPE: A Ukrainian court postponed again the trial against jailed former PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, until 06SEP.
MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Foreign Ministry accused the US administration of unwillingness to find a political solution to the crisis in the country.
TECHNOLOGY: New revelations the NSA overstepped its authority are resulting in concern in Congress about the NSA’s spying activities.
Egypt: The cabinet called the Muslim Brotherhood “terrorists and outlaws”.
A mosque in central Cairo became the site of a standoff between security forces and over 700 hundred pro-Morsi supporters inside.
Amnesty International urged a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the violent crackdowns.
Police arrested 1004 Muslim Brotherhood supporters and over 80 people died throughout the country.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: The UN announced more than 80 children were rescued from an armed group in the province of Katanga. (AFP)
Mali: The UN Security Council said the peaceful presidential election was “a major step” to order and recovery for the country. (Xinhua)
Nigeria: A spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said four of its nationals who were kidnapped in Rivers State were released unharmed. (AFP)
Somalia: The UN sounded the alarm that sexual violence against women and children continues to be pervasive in the country. (Xinhua)
Region: Paraguayan President Cartes said Argentina and Brazil committed to working on a way for his country to rejoin the Mercosur bloc. (Xinhua)
Mexico: An indigenous community on the country’s Pacific coast said it faced threat from organized crime, as the army disarmed a local self-defense group. (EFE)
US: The Pentagon said it would host China’s Defense Minister Monday for talks on continuing the “positive momentum” of military relations between the countries. (AFP)
Venezuela: President Maduro said he would request that the National Assembly pass an “enabling law” to give him special powers for fighting corruption. (Xinhua)
Afghanistan: At least 17 civilians were killed in separate attacks perpetrated by the Taliban. (AFP)
India: Police arrested one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, a member of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was wanted in at least 40 terrorism cases. (Xinhua)
Korea, North: A three-member UN panel said it would launch next week hearings to investigate alleged human rights abuses by the DPRK. (UPI)
Philippines: The coast guard confirmed at least 28 dead and 215 missing after a collision between a ferry and a cargo vessel. (AP)
Italy: Authorities said close to 300 migrants were rescued near Sicily in two separate operations. (DPA)
Turkey: PM Erdogan accused the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party of not withdrawing its fighters back to Iraq, as agreed upon during the peace process. (AFP)
Ukraine: A court postponed again the trial against jailed former PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, until 06SEP. (Xinhua)
Region: The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the car bombing in a stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah in Beirut that claimed at least 22 lives. (AFP)
Iraq: The Foreign Minister said his country determined that Iran reduced its arms supplies to Syria, but it cannot prevent Iranian shipment flights. (AFP)
Syria: The Foreign Ministry accused the US administration of unwillingness to find a political solution to the crisis in the country. (Xinhua)
Syria: Al-Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town and 17 people perished in the ensuing fighting. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Surveillance: New revelations the NSA overstepped its authority are resulting in concern in Congress about the NSA’s spying activities. (AP)
Tropical Depression 12W (Twelve)
Location: 439 miles SSW from Kadena Air Base
Movement: SE at 11 mph
Winds: 34 mph
Tropical Depression 13W (Thirteen)
Location: 94 miles ENE from Kadena Air Base
Movement: W at 10 mph
Winds: 29 mph
Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)
Location: 602 miles SW from Johnston Island
Movement: WNW at 13 mph
Winds: 75 mph
Tropical Storm Erin
Location: 790 miles WNW from Cape Verde Islands
Movement: WNW at 15 mph
Winds: 40 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18AUG)
Pakistan: Anniversary of former Pakistani President Musharraf resigning – 2008.
Syria: A UN mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons is set to arrive in the country.
Thailand: National Revolution Front rebel officials will try to curb all armed attacks and bombings through this date to ensure a violence-free Ramadan.
Zoroastrianism: Jameshedi Nooruz.
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