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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Egypt's Security Situation and Intelligence Challenges

In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."

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Venezuela: More Municipalities in State of Emergency

The Venezuelan government declared a state of emergency in four more municipalities, El Nacional reported Sept. 1, citing the Aug. 31 Official Gazette. Read more…

Mexico: Licensing Contract Model Likely For Blocks, Official Says

Mexico's Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons Lourdes Melgar Palacios announced Sept. 1 that Mexico will likely follow a licensing contract model in upcoming tenders for deep-water oil exploration, El Financiero reported. Read more…

Libya: Islamic State Claims Attack On Energy Firm

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for bombing the Mellitah oil and natural gas company headquarters in Tripoli, Reuters reported Sept. 1, citing a statement on social media. Read more…

Hungary: Rail Passengers Demonstrate Over Heightened Immigration Enforcement

Hundreds of migrants are demonstrating in Budapest outside of the Keleti railway station, which Hungarian authorities temporarily closed to verify travel and immigration documents, Euronews reported Sept. 1. Read more…

China: Sweeping Military Overhaul Forthcoming, Sources Say

Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce as soon as this month a sweeping overhaul of the country’s military, unnamed sources said, Bloomberg reported Sept. 1. Read more…

Greece: IMF Chief Reportedly Rules Out Debt Write-Down

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, have sent clear messages to Athens that there will be no write-off or interest rate cut on Greek debt, Kathimerini reported Aug. 31. Read more…

China: Manufacturing Activity Indexes Hit Multi-Year Lows

Chinese manufacturing activity continued to slow down in August, according to both official data and the Caixin Media's General China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, Xinhua reported Sept. 1. Read more…

Thailand: Suspected Bomber Arrested

Thai authorities arrested a man suspected of carrying out the Aug. 17 Erawan shrine bombing in Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said Sept. 1, Bangkok Post and Khao Sod reported. Read more…

China: Another Chemical Factory Explodes In Shandong Province

At least one person was killed when a chemical factory exploded in China’s Shandong province late on Aug. 31, South China Morning Post reported, citing Dongying News. Read more…

Egypt: Massive Natural Gas Find To Primarily Serve Domestic Needs, CEO Says

A natural gas field with as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of the commodity has been found off the Egyptian coast, Italian energy group Eni announced Aug. 30, Euractiv reported. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Fighters Gain On Central Damascus, Activists Say

Islamic State fighters battling Syrian rebels moved closer than ever to central Damascus on Aug. 31, activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Naharnet reported. Read more…

EU: Ministers To Hold Emergency Talks On Migrants

EU interior and justice ministers will hold emergency talks on Europe’s migrant issue on Sept. 14, according to a statement released Aug. 31 by Luxembourg, which currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency, the EU Observer reported. Read more…

Egypt: Parliamentary Elections To Begin Oct. 18-19, Commission Says

Egypt will hold long-awaited parliamentary elections in two phases starting Oct. 18-19, the election commission said Aug. 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Authorities Arrest 197 People For Spreading Rumors Online

Chinese authorities punished 197 people for spreading rumors online about the recent stock market crash and explosions in Tianjin, officials said, Xinhua reported Aug. 30. Read more…

India: Prime Minister Allows Land Reform Bill To Lapse

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will allow the controversial land acquisition bill to lapse because of opposition, the prime minister said Aug. 30, Xinhuanet reported. Read more…

Japan: Tens Of Thousands Protest Security Legislation

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building Aug. 30 to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, protest organizers said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Large Natural Gas Field Discovered Off Coast

Italian energy group Eni has found a large natural gas field off Egypt's coast, the company said Aug. 30, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Militants Bomb Road, Attack Police Vehicle

Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants set off a bomb on a road leading to a dam under construction in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 30, police said, Dogan news agency reported. Read more…