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Kyrgyzstan: Suicide Bombing Reported Near Chinese Embassy

An explosives-laden vehicle exploded inside the Chinese embassy compound in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Aug. 30, killing the driver and injuring several bystanders, state-run Kabar news agency reported. Read more…

U.S., India: Key Military Logistics Agreement Signed

The United States and India signed an milestone military logistics agreement on Aug. 29 facilitating use of each other’s military bases for repair and resupply purposes, Reuters reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Referendum Timetable Suggests No Recall Vote Until 2017

The next phase needed before a recall referendum can be activated for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will occur in the last week of October, Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced Aug. 29, EFE reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: President Dies

According to unconfirmed reports, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, 78, died in Tashkent on Aug. 29, Fergana News reported. Read more…

Brazil: Rousseff Denies Charges In Impeachment Trial

In testimony during her impeachment trial, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff denied charges that she manipulated the country's budget to hide a deficit and called the impeachment process a "real coup d'etat" and an attempt to protect the interests of the country's elite, Reuters reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Iran: S-300 Missile System Deployed To Fordow Nuclear Site

Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, Iranian state media said Aug. 29, Reuters reported Read more…

Iraq: Foreign Ministry Asks Saudi Arabia To Replace Envoy

Iraq has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad after he said Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary units were aggravating tensions with Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Al Jazeera reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Opposes FARC Deal

Leader of the Colombian militant group National Liberation Army (ELN) Nicolas Rodriguez Bautista said Aug. 28 that the group disagrees with the essence of the peace deal struck between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Wradio reported Aug. 28. Read more…

Syria: Turkey To Continue Targeting YPG If No Retreat, Foreign Minister Says

Turkish forces will continue targeting the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, if the group fails to retreat east of the Euphrates River, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Aug. 29, Daily Star reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: President In Intensive Care, Daughter Says

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been placed in intensive care after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to a social media post from the president's daughter on Aug. 29. Read more…

Yemen: Islamic State Claims Deadly Suicide Attack

At least 54 people were killed in a suicide bombing Aug. 29 at a militia compound in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, local officials and the Yemeni Health Ministry said, Reuters and BBC reported, citing Amaq. Read more…

China: Communist Party Appoints New Party Secretary In Tibet

The Chinese Communist Party appointed a new Party secretary on Aug. 28 to run Tibet, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish-Backed Rebels Seek To Take Manbij, Commander Says

A Syrian rebel commander said Aug. 28 that Turkish-backed rebels aim to capture Manbij in northern Syria from Kurdish-allied forces, Reuters reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: President Taken To Hospital

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been taken to a hospital, the government said Aug. 28, amid rumors that he is seriously ill, BBC reported. Read more…

Gabon: Opposition Candidate Claims Victory In Presidential Election

Opposition candidate Jean Ping on Aug. 28 proclaimed himself the winner of the first round of Gabon's presidential election, 20 Minutes reported Read more…

Russia: Ban On Charter Flights To Turkey Lifted

Russia lifted its ban on charter flights to Turkey on Aug. 28, the government said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Japan: Prime Minister Promises $30 Billion For Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Aug. 27 that Japan would provide $30 billion to Africa over the next three years for education, health care and infrastructure, Reuters reported. Read more…

South Korea: North Threatens To Shoot DMZ Lighting Equipment

The North Korean military said Aug. 26 that it would shoot lighting equipment set up by South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone, AP reported. Read more…