Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: The military junta in Mali will hold meetings to discuss its promised transition to civilian rule after mounting pressure from neighbors to yield power in the weeks since it overthrew the nation’s leader.
  • AMERICAS: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has stated President Donald Trump “unfit” for the presidency, delivering a condemning reaction to a report that President Trump allegedly mocked the war dead.
  • ASIA: Total COVID-19 cases in India surged beyond 4 million with a record rise, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil.
  • EUROPE: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany increased by 1,378 to 248,997, new information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone over Yemeni airspace launched by Houthis towards the kingdom, the state news agency reported.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: U.S. rural telecommunications networks have relied on inexpensive network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Com and ZTE Corp 000063.SZ, have told the government that it would cost $1.837 billion to replace those switches and routers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced.

 

Top Story

  • Germany: Tension continues over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and claims the Kremlin is responsible. 
    • The Russian government said that it wanted dialogue with Germany over the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and that Russian doctors who treated him initially were more transparent than the German doctors treating him now.
    • It was not poison, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, two days after the German government said it had conclusive evidence that Navalny had been poisoned.
    • U.S. President Donald Trump said he has seen “no proof” of Russian state involvement in the poisoning of gravely ill Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, but he has no reason to doubt a German assessment that he was poisoned.
    • It is ‘grave concern’ that the German government found that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-style nerve agent, the U.S. The State Department said.
    • Reporting: Reuters,  RFE, RFE, Reuters

 

Africa

  • Algeria: State-owned oil company, Sonatrach said that two oil leakages occurred at the OK1 pipeline due to bad weather. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The military junta will hold meetings to discuss its promised transition to civilian rule after mounting pressure from neighbors to yield power in the weeks since it overthrew the nation’s leader. (AFP)
  • Niger: Soldiers executed dozens of civilians during a counterinsurgency campaign against jihadists in the troubled Tillaberi region earlier this year, a probe into the deaths reported. (AFP)

 

Americas

  • Brazil: The government reported that the country’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 125,000 after registering 907 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 125,521. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The nation opened South America’s longest road tunnel, the Tunel de la Linea, after more than a decade of construction. (Reuters)
  •  United States: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has stated President Donald Trump “unfit” for the presidency, delivering a condemning reaction to a report that President Trump allegedly mocked the war dead. (AP)
  • United States: A federal judge temporarily banned Detroit police from using tear gas, rubber bullets, batons, shields, chokeholds, or sound cannons against protesters after a Black Lives Matter group accused the city of excessive force. (AP)

 

Asia  

  • Japan: The coastguard has halted searching for missing crew members from a cattle ship that capsized in the East China Sea earlier this week due to bad weather from a typhoon, an official at the coast guard announced. (Reuters)
  • India: Total COVID-19 cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: New Zealand reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: Health authorities said that it is a “positive” sign that the number of additional new COVID-19 cases here remained below 200 for the third straight day, but they urged citizens not to let down their guard as the pandemic could flare up any time. (YNA)

 

Europe

  • Region: The European Union is demanding a potential veto on Britain’s post-Brexit laws and regulations, The Times newspaper reported, citing senior government officials. (Reuters)
  • Germany: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation increased by 1,378 to 248,997, new information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases reported. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Medical specialists have conducted more than 38 mln COVID-19 tests, the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well Being announced. (TASS)

 

Middle East

  • Region: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone over Yemeni airspace launched by Houthis towards the kingdom, the state news agency reported. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The explosion of a chlorine gas canister being transported by a truck in the west has injured 217 people but caused no deaths, state news agency IRNA reported. (AFP)   
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani officially announced the new school year’s start, state-run IRNA news agency reported. (Xinhua)

 

Tech & Communications

  • Telecommunications: U.S. rural telecommunications networks have relied on inexpensive network equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Com and ZTE Corp 000063.SZ, have told the government that it would cost $1.837 billion to replace those switches and routers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced. (Reuters)

 

World

  • Cyclones:
    • Super Typhoon Haishen
      • Location: 24.6 N 131.5 E
      • Movement: NW at 8 mph
      • Wind: 130mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global
      • Confirmed Cases as of 04SEP20: 26,638,387
      • Total Recovered Cases as of 04SEP20: 17,739,336
      • Deaths as of 04SEP20: 875,031
      • Countries with Confirmed Cases: 188
      • Sourcing: John Hopkins University
    • Ebola Virus Disease: DR Congo (11th Ebola outbreak figures from Equateur Province)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 30AUG20: 103
      • Probable Cases as of 30AUG20: 6
      • Deaths as of 30AUG20: 47
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

Tomorrow’s Outlook (06SEP20)

  • Bolivia: Presidential election.
  • Belarus: Day of Belarusian Written Language
  • São Tomé and Príncipe: Armed Forces Day
  • South Asia: End of week-long period of mourning for late former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

 

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