Situation/Intelligence Reports

France: Economy Minister Resigns

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigned on Aug. 30 after a two-year stint in his position, Le Monde reported. Read more…

Russia: Rosneft Chief Looks To Take Controlling Stake In Bashneft

Igor Sechin, CEO of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft, has put forward a proposal to let Rosneft buy a controlling stake in the smaller oil company Bashneft for $5 billion, unnamed officials said, Bloomberg reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Russia, U.S.: Presidents To Meet During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, a Kremlin spokesman said Aug. 30, TASS reported. Read more…

Somalia: Car Bomb Kills 5 Soldiers Outside Presidential Palace

A car bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Aug. 30, killing at least five soldiers and seriously damaging two hotels, police officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Obama To Meet With Turkish Counterpart During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, Reuters reported Aug. 30. Read more…

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 a milestone military logistics agreement on Aug. 30 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…

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