Marek Kuchciński

Marek Kuchciński, speaker of the Sejm in Poland, announces his resignation after admitting the use of a government jet for 23 personal flights.

Poland's parliament speaker said on Thursday (8 August) he would resign after it was revealed that he used government aircraft for private trips, suggesting the ruling nationalists aimed to defuse a scandal that could affect their re-election campaign.

Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini, Italian Deputy Prime Minister, announces the collapse of the coalition government with the Five Stars Movement, opening the possibility of holding a snap election.

Uruapan massacre

Jalisco New Generation Cartel massacres 19 people, hanging 9 of their desecrated bodies from a bridge in Uruapan.

Drug gangs believed to be fighting for control of avocado trade as Jalisco New Generation cartel claims responsibility for 19 deaths in Uruapan

Dengue fever outbreaks

The Department of Health of the Philippines declares a national dengue epidemic in the country, as cases spike to 622 deaths.

Department of Health (DOH) declares national dengue epidemic as cases spike


Floods hit the states of Karnataka and Kerala in India, resulting in 11 dead and 43,000 people being evacuated.

Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas

War in Catatumbo

The Human Rights Watch breaks a report on violence around the Colombia—Venezuela border since the Colombian peace process, announcing that there has been an ongoing War in the Catatumbo region del Catatumbo since early 2018.

Three groups are fighting over drug routes and coca plantations as 40,000 have fled their homes, says Human Rights Watch


Kyrgyzstan's security forces storm the compound of former President Almazbek Atambayev on the outskirts of Bishkek for the second time after a failed overnight raid left one officer dead. Atambayev and his loyalists are "putting up severe armed resistance", according to President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Atambayev is detained, ending a two-day standoff. One officer was killed, while 80 people were injured.

After an earlier botched raid, former President Almazbek Atambayev is reportedly in custody.