SIERRA LEONE / MUDSLIDES
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Covering developments following mudslides and floods in Freetown that killed more than 300 people. The death toll is expected to rise as search efforts continue, and the risk of further mudslides remains. The Red Cross has estimated that 600 people are still missing.
SOUTH AFRICA / MUGABE
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ South African officials are debating whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in Johannesburg.
NORTH KOREA / TENSION
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Monitoring developments following a spike in animosity between the US and North Korea generated by North Korea's warning that it might send missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, and US President Donald Trump's warlike language. Both Koreas, and the United States, have signaled in recent days a willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations.
US / TRUMP
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Covering latest developments as US President Donald Trump deals with the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville and continued investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
AUSTRALIA / CITIZENSHIP
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Latest in row over lawmakers who have dual citizenship, meaning they may have been unlawfully elected to Parliament because of a constitutional ban on dual citizens that has snared six lawmakers since July in an unprecedented political crisis.
CHINA / HONG KONG
Shanghai: Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam visits Shanghai to deliver a speech at a banquet commemorating the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. She will meet with leaders of Shanghai and go to Hangzhou on the 23rd for meetings.
EUROPE / MIGRANTS
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ The Italian government continues a naval mission to help stem a popular migration route from Libya at the behest of the UN-backed government in the west while authorities are seeing an increase in migrants trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain.
EUROPE / WILDFIRES
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Wildfires continue to plague countries across Europe with thousands of firefighters deployed to battle the blazes, some of which have forced people from their homes.
RUSSIA / APPEAL
Moscow: Moscow Supreme City Court will review the appeal of Aeroflot flight attendants who are accusing the company in discrimination.
VENEZUELA / PROTESTS
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ President Nicolas Maduro continues to crack-down on his opponents.
BRAZIL / TEMER
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer is expected to be charged with obstruction of justice by the end of this month, which would prompt another congressional vote on whether to suspend him from office and send him for trial before Brazil's highest court.
ARGENTINA / TANGO
Buenos Aires: Finals of the 'Tango de Pista' category at the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires' Luna Park.
SYRIA / FIGHTING
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ Kurdish dominated forces have retaken large parts of Raqqa, continue offensive.
IRAQ / FIGHTING
++Running Story – 19 - 25 August 2017++ US-backed forces begin military build up to retake the city of Tal Afar near Mosul.