• In a surprise escalation to Washington’s response to Venezuelan political crisis, President Donald Trump on Friday suggested that if required, he would order a possible military option in the South American nation if necessary. Speaking to reporters, he remarked that millions of Venezuelans were suffering and dying, adding that the United States had a number of options, including a military intervention if necessary. More than 120 people have been killed in Venezuela and thousand arrested in over four months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

  • Japan is preparing to deploy its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 or PAC-3 missile systems as a response to North Korea’s warning to launch ballistic missiles flying over western Japan to Guam. The Patriot is a surface-to-air based interceptor, four of which will be deployed at four locations across the country, at Hiroshima, Kochi, Shimane and Ehime, to counter the threat. The missile interceptors will be first brought in at two Japanese Self Defence Forces bases in western Japan and then deployed.

  • More post-poll violence broke out in Kenyan capital of Nairobi as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga took to streets to protest against what they alleged were rigged Presidential elections. The protesters clashed with police, setting houses on fire and vandalizing properties. Hundreds of youths blocked roads in Mathare, which is a collection of slums in the capital and considered an opposition stronghold. In addition to hundreds of riot police who were already deployed to control the situation, more reinforcements were rushed in amid fears of further protests by the opposition.

  • 42 people died while 133 others were injured as two passenger trains collided in Egypt’s second largest city of Alexandria. The collision took place at Khorshid station on the edge of the city; eyewitnesses claimed that the trains rose into the air forming a pyramid as they slammed into each other. The engine of one train and two cars of the other were derailed, the Egyptian Railway Authority has said. Even as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered an immediate enquiry into the crash, preliminary reports have indicated that a railroad switching error was the most likely cause.

  • Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Presidential Palace in Argentinian capital Buenos Aires to protest over the disappearance of activist Santiago Maldonado, who has been missing since August 1. The protesters demanded that the government swing into action and find the 28-year-old activist, whose disappearance has caused violent protests of late, alive. However, his family has alleged that the government was behind his disappearance, a charge that authorities have denied.