Comoros: Foundi Abdallah Ibrahim signs a document saying he no longer considers himself president of Anjouan and delegates most of his powers to Col. Said Abeid, who had been named national coordinator on April 7.
Germany: Former minister-president of Mecklenburg (1951-52) Bernhard Quandt dies.
India: Arvind Dave takes office as governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
Spain: Marcelino Iglesias Ricou becomes president of the Diputación General of Aragón.
Thailand: Sunthorn Kongsompong, former chairman of the National Peacekeeping Council (1991), dies.
Laos: Finance Minister Khamphoui Keoboualapha is sacked and Boungnang Vorachith is appointed in his place.
Luxembourg: Lydie Polfer becomes foreign minister.
Guyana: President Janet Jagan, having decided to resign, and with a view to maintaining the coalition arrangements, replaces Sam Hinds as first vice president and prime minister by Finance Minister Bharrat Jagdeo; on August 11, Jagan leaves office and Jagdeo becomes president, according to the constitutional process of succession, for the rest of Jagan's term. Jagdeo immediately reappoints Hinds as prime minister.
Kazakhstan: Defense Minister Mukhtar Altynbayev is dismissed. Bakhytzhan Yertayev becomes acting defense minister.
Russia: President Boris Yeltsin fires Prime Minister Sergey Stepashin and appoints Vladimir Putin as acting prime minister. Putin is confirmed by the Duma on August 16 (233-84).
Portugal: Former foreign minister (1975, 1975-76) Ernesto Augusto de Melo Antunes dies.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Former administrator (1962-66) Sir Samuel Horatio Graham dies.
Suriname: Former president (1980-82) Hendrick R. Chin A Sen dies.
Cape Verde: Rui Figueiredo Soares is appointed foreign minister.
United States: Former commerce secretary (1980-81) Philip M. Klutznick dies.
Canada: Former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick (1971-81) Hédard Robichaud dies.
Canada: John Hamm is sworn in as premier of Nova Scotia.
Guadeloupe: Jean-François Carenco takes office as prefect.
Switzerland: Former Regierender Landammann of Appenzell Innerrhoden (1982-84) Franz Breitenmoser dies.
Japan: Former Ryukyu chief executive (1959-64) Seisaku Ota dies.
Kenya: Francis Masakhalia is replaced as finance minister by Chris Okemo.
Peru: César Saucedo replaces José Villanueva as interior minister.
Singapore: S.R. Nathan is declared president-elect when he is certified as the only candidate eligible to contest elections originally due on August 28. He will take office September 1.
Cyprus: Defense Minister Giannakis Chrysostomis resigns. On August 25 Sokratis Chasikos is sworn in as defense minister.
Kyrgyzstan: Defense Minister Myrzakan Subanov is dismissed. Nuridin Chomoyev becomes acting defense minister until August 29 when Esen Topoyev is appointed to the post.
Canada: Dan Miller becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Glen Clark, who resigned August 21.