American Samoa: Former governor (1985-89, 1993-97) A.P. Lutali dies.
Botswana: Former foreign minister (1966-69) Moutlakgola P.K. Nwako dies.
India: T.N. Chaturvedi is named as governor of Karnataka. He is sworn in on August 21.
Tuvalu: Saufatu Sopoanga is elected prime minister by Parliament, defeating Amasone Kilei by 8 votes to 7. In Sopoanga's government Bikenibeu Paeniu becomes finance minister and Otinielu Tausi home affairs minister.
Bolivia: Congress chooses Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada as president with 84 votes, against 43 for Evo Morales. He takes office August 6, along with Carlos Mesa as vice president. The new cabinet includes Carlos Saavedra Bruno as foreign minister, Javier Comboni Salinas as finance minister, Freddy Teodovich Ortiz as defense minister, and Alberto Gasser Vargas as interior minister.
Papua New Guinea: Parliament elects Sir Michael Somare as prime minister. In the cabinet announced on August 13 Sir Rabbie Namaliu is foreign minister, Kappa Yarka defense minister, and Bart Philemon finance minister.
Turkey: In a cabinet reshuffle, Muzaffer Ecemis replaces Rüstü Kazim Yücelen as interior minister.
France: Former foreign minister (1974-76) Jean Sauvagnargues dies.
Guadeloupe: Dominique Vian replaces Jean-François Carenco as prefect.
Wallis and Futuna: Christian Job is named to replace Alain Waquet as administrator-superior. Waquet leaves the archipelago on August 17.
Colombia: Álvaro Uribe Vélez is sworn in as president. Francisco Santos becomes vice president, Carolina Barco foreign minister, Roberto Junguito finance minister, Marta Lucía Ramírez defense minister, and Fernando Londoño Hoyos interior minister.
United States: Former New York governor (1942-43) Charles Poletti dies.
South Korea: President Kim Dae Jung names Chang Dae Whan as new prime minister. On August 28 he is rejected by Parliament, as was Kim's previous nominee.
Mali: The Constitutional Court reverses the outcome of the July parliamentary elections, giving the Hope 2002 coalition 66 of the 147 seats, compared to 51 for the Alliance for Democracy in Mali, which had the lead in the previously announced results.
Azerbaijan: Arkady Gukasyan is reelected president of Nagorno-Karabakh, winning 88.4% of the vote. Turnout is 73%.
Cameroon: Former foreign minister (1965-66, 1968-70) Simon Nko'o Etoungou dies.
India: Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former chief minister of Rajasthan, is elected as new vice president, and sworn in August 19.
Papua New Guinea: Sir Peter Barter is sworn in as governor of Madang, but resigns minutes later and is appointed minister for inter-government relations; James Yali is elected governor unopposed and sworn in immediately.
Spain: Former president of the Junta of Castilla-La Mancha (1982) Gonzalo Payo Subiza dies.
Bhutan: Agriculture Minister Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji becomes prime minister.
Nigeria: Former governor of Mid-Western state (1975-76) and Kwara (1976-78) George Innih dies.
United States: Former veterans affairs secretary (1993-97) Jesse Brown dies.
Switzerland: Former president of the government of Basel-Stadt (1962-63, 1967-68, 1973-74, 1980-81) Edmund Wyss dies.
Congo (Brazzaville): In a cabinet reshuffle, Roger Rigobert Andely becomes finance minister and Gen. Jacques Yvon Ndolou defense minister.
Spain: Former president of the Junta of Canarias (1980-81) Vicente Álvarez Pedreira dies.
Cameroon: In a cabinet reshuffle, Marafa Hamidou Yaya is confirmed as interior minister (he was acting since June 23).
Zimbabwe: In a cabinet reshuffle, Herbert Murerwa is named finance minister and Kembo Mohadi home affairs minister. The new cabinet is sworn in August 26.
Guatemala: Robin Macloni Morán Muñoz is named defense minister.
Russia: In Ingushetia, President Murat Zyazikov appoints Viktor Aleksentsev acting prime minister.
Kazakhstan: Zeinulla Kakimzhanov is appointed finance minister, replacing Aleksandr Pavlov.
Namibia: President Sam Nujoma sacks his prime minister, Hage Geingob, and replaces him with Foreign Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab. Trade and Industry Minister Hidipo Hamutenya is moved to the foreign ministry.
India: Former Punjab governor (1989-90) Nirmal Mukarji dies.
Jordan: Former prime minister (1989, 1991-93, 1995-96) Sharif Zaid ibn Shaker dies.
Kenya: President Daniel arap Moi sacks his vice president and minister of home affairs, George Saitoti. William Ruto is appointed new minister of home affairs.
Malaysia: Former Penang chief minister (1959-69) Wong Pow Nee dies.