Naypyidaw / Myanmar : Ruler Min Aung Hlaing extends the state of emergency until August 2023 , when elections would also take place. Meanwhile, protests against the military have continued since its coup six months ago.
Tokyo / Japan : The Belarusian sprinter Kryszina Zimanouskaja announces that she should be brought back to Minsk from Tokyo against her will during the Summer Olympics due to public criticism of sports officials in her country and asks for protection from the Tokyo police. She then receives a humanitarian visa for Poland and can travel there in the following days.
Kabul / Afghanistan : At least 13 people are killed and 20 injured when a car bomb explodes in the Afghan capital. The bomb explodes near the guest house of the incumbent defense minister, where several politicians are meeting to deliberate on a counter-offensive against the advance of the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. The Taliban are committed to the terrorist attack.
Berlin / Germany : The federal electoral committee decides that the Saarland state association of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen may not participate in the upcoming federal elections with its list . In order to uphold the women's statute within the party after internal party differences, a woman should be at the top of the list, which necessitates a second list. Delegates from a local association that was under the leadership of the original top candidate were excluded from this after a decision by the party's federal arbitration court, which, in the opinion of the state and federal electoral authorities, constitutes a violation of the principle of democracy, as the excluded delegates represented a third of the assembly members and could have had a decisive influence on the list.
Suva / Fiji : The Pacific Islands Forum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor organization. US President Joe Biden, invited by Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama , is a guest at an online summit . The states of the Micronesia region are invited to rejoin the forum. More pronounced regionalism led to their departure and thus to the greatest crisis since the Pacific Islands Forum was founded.
Saturday 7th August 2021
Hamhŭng / North Korea : According to reports from the state television broadcaster KCTV, extreme rain leads to floods. The province of Hamgyŏng-namdo has been particularly hard hit , where houses are being destroyed and large parts of the agricultural area are under water. Around 5,000 people had to be evacuated.
Yakutsk / Russia : The forest fires in Russia continue to spread. Around 250 different fires are counted. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is particularly hard hit . A state of emergency has been declared in a total of eight regions. The cause of the forest fires is a heat wave.
Sunday 8th August 2021
Gao / Mali : At least 51 civilians are killed in Islamist attacks when three villages in the Gao region are attacked at the same time in the evening.
Vilnius / Lithuania : In the context of the Taiwan conflict, the People's Republic of China withdraws its ambassador from Lithuania and at the same time calls on the Lithuanian ambassador to the People's Republic to leave the country. The background to this is that Taiwan shortly before opened its own foreign agency under the name "Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania" in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
Wednesday 11th August 2021
Beirut / Lebanon : The Lebanese central bank is introducing a credit line for the import of crude oil, which is based on world market prices. In fact, a subsidy for the oil price ends, which leads to a sharp rise in fuel prices.
Tripoli / Libya : Libyan military forces issue an execution warrant to arrest Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi , the son of the former dictator and potential candidate for the next election, due to involvement in the Wagner group , a military company that supports General Haftar in Libya .
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Hakainde Hichilema (2014)
Ankara / Turkey : After violent riots against Syrian refugees, particularly in the Altindag district in Ankara, over 100 people are arrested.
Lusaka / Zambia : In the general election , opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema prevails for the office of president in the sixth attempt and is successful against incumbent Edgar Lungu . Before the ballot, there were violent clashes between supporters of the two camps, whereupon Lungu dispatched the military - this move was viewed by critics as an attempt to intimidate.
Friday 13th August 2021
Kabul / Afghanistan : During their campaign of conquest against the Afghan armed forces, the Taliban take other provincial capitals, including Herat and Kandahar, the second and third largest cities in the country. 18 of the 34 provincial capitals are now controlled by the Taliban. Norway , Germany and the United States have announced plans to reduce their respective embassy staff in Kabul. The latter are sending around 5,000 soldiers for this purpose.
Halba / Lebanon : At least 28 people are killed and 79 others are injured in the explosion of a fuel tank in the province of Akkar . The treatment of the injured with the most severe burns had to take place abroad because Lebanon did not have the necessary treatment equipment, said Health Minister Hamad Hassan .
Kabul / Afghanistan : As the Taliban advance, they take other provincial capitals, including Mazar-e Sharif , and advance into the suburbs and outskirts of Kabul. Western states are evacuating their embassy staff from Kabul.
Les Cayes / Haiti : At 8:29 am local time, a major earthquake struck Haiti . The level IX quake on the modified Mercalli scale (7.2 MW) claims more than 2,100 lives and injures over 12,000. 7,000 residential buildings have been destroyed, and many more functional buildings such as offices, hospitals, schools and churches have been damaged.
Kabul / Afghanistan : The Taliban take over the provincial capital Jalalabad without resistance , move into Kabul and occupy the presidential palace there. The Afghan government collapses. Previously, President Ashraf Ghani conceded the military defeat and agreed to a coordination council for the peaceful takeover of power, to which the former President Hamid Karzai should also belong. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his vice Amrullah Saleh flee, the first abroad, presumably to Tajikistan , the second in the Panjshir Province -Tal to avoid unnecessary bloodshed and not to have to work with the Taliban. Taliban spokesman Mohammed Naeem declares the war in Afghanistan over and calls for peaceful relations with the international community. The first communication channels have been opened for this purpose. The Taliban do not want to live in isolation, their system of government would become clearer in the near future. Human rights, especially those of women and girls, would be respected. It promises security for civilians and members of international diplomatic missions.
Kabul / Afghanistan : In the first press conference since their de facto takeover of power in the emirate of Afghanistan , Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid announced a general amnesty for employees of foreign security forces such as translators and even soldiers who fought with them in the past. The security of the city of Kabul and the embassies was guaranteed. Women's rights would be protected under Sharia law. Media content should be politically neutral in line with the values of Islam. The cultivation and smuggling of drugs should be stopped. The international community is asked for support for alternative crops. From his retreat in the Punschir province , the previous Vice President Amrullah Saleh declared himself the legal interim president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Ahmad Massoud , politician and son of the national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud , declares the same region an opposition area for the Taliban, gathers units of the Afghan armed forces there and hoists the flag of the Northern Alliance .
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Jalalabad / Afghanistan : During demonstrations against the de facto takeover of power by the Taliban , three demonstrators are killed in shootings and twelve others are wounded.
Yaoundé / Cameroon : A total of 32 people are killed in 19 villages in violent clashes between cattle herders from the Choa Arab tribe and fishermen from the Musgum ethnic group in northern Cameroon.
Friday 20th August 2021
Kabul / Afghanistan : According to reports from the United Nations, Taliban fighters are specifically looking for members of the opposition and journalists from house to house. There was growing concern that vengeance would be taken.
Kabul / Afghanistan : Ahmad Massoud , one of the leaders of the resistance in Panjshir Province -Tal against the Taliban , rejects a capitulation to the Taliban, and reaffirms that a war is inevitable, the Taliban should refuse a dialogue on the formation of a broad government .
Nouméa / New Caledonia : Supporters and opponents start their respective campaigns for the planned independence referendum in December.
Tunis / Tunisia : Despite international pressure, President Kais Saied extends the suspension of parliament until further notice.
Warsaw / Poland : Due to the massive increase in illegal border crossings from Belarus to Poland, the Ministry of Defense is increasing the number of its security forces at the common border. A resolution provides for the construction of a 508-kilometer border fence.
Diffa / Niger : In an armed attack by hundreds of militant supporters from Boko Haram on a military post in the Diffa region , 16 soldiers are killed and nine others wounded. In the following battle, 50 Islamists are killed.
Vienna / Austria : The former Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is sentenced by the Vienna Regional Court to 15 months imprisonment for taking bribes due to a purchase of the law, which is suspended. Strache had helped the befriended owner of a private clinic to change the law in an advantageous manner, for which donations were received to the FPÖ party , which Strache was chairman at the time. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
Kabul / Afghanistan : With the withdrawal of the last soldiers from Afghanistan, the longest war in its history ends for the USA after almost 20 years; the last US military aircraft leaves Kabul airport one minute before midnight (local time).