Terrorist groups use gas against Aleppo: With humanitarian efforts to relieve the besieged city of Aleppo underway, Syrian police sources say terror groups ISIS and al-Nusra Front have shelled several quarters of the city and have utilized projectiles with poison gas.
Seven Syrian civilians were killed another 25 were injured.
The Syrian Arab News Agency reported ISIS and al-Nusra Front were specifically targeting Aleppo neighborhoods with a high concentration of civilians and the Ancient City of Aleppo was hit with gas.
Rousseff impeachment enters final stages: Nearing completion of an impeachment trial which has consumed Brazilian politics since January, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff now faces charges she manipulated government accounts and distorted budgets in a ploy to misrepresent the economic conditions in Brazil.
A Brazilian Senate report released on August 2 led to the most recent charge against Rousseff.
Two-thirds of the Brazilian Senate is required to remove Rousseff and it is speculated at least 54 senators favor her removal.
Rousseff claims the impeachment is unconstitutional and is the result of a right-wing conspiracy.
Italy to weigh U.S. use of airbases to attack ISIS: Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told journalists his country would consider allowing U.S. aircraft the use of its Sigonella airbase if asked by the Obama Administration.
American aircraft began sorties against ISIS positions in Sirte, Libya, on August 1.
Sigonella is currently host to American aircraft and has been the source of American drone operations against the Islamic State since February 2016, but the Italian government has insisted no U.S. aircraft from Sigonella have been used for offensive operations.
Maoist communist leader prepares to become prime minister of Nepal: Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who once led a decade-long Maoist insurgency against Kathmandu is poised to become Nepal’s prime minister after no challenger stood against his bid to replace K.P. Oli.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, briefly served as prime minister from 2008-09.
Vowing to address concerns among the Madhesi minority group which opposes the 2015 Nepalese constitution over concerns it isolates them from political involvement, Pushpa Kamal Dahal said he intends to build a government to accommodate Nepal’s vastly differing minority groups.
[Reuters] [RT News]