- AFRICA: The military junta in Mali said it remained in control of key sites around the capital after an attempted counter-coup.
- AMERICAS: President Chavez returned to Cuba for additional cancer treatment.
- ASIA: Afghan protesters accused NATO soldiers of killing four children during clashes with insurgents yesterday.
- EUROPE: The British Defense Ministry is considering placing surface to air missiles on civilian rooftops during the Olympics
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Defense Minister Barak was skeptical that international sanctions would succeed in curbing Iran’s nuclear goals
- TECHNOLOGY: Freedom House indicated press freedom globally held steady after eight years of decline.
- Sino-American negotiations over the future of Chen Guangcheng
- US President Obama prodded to improve its human-rights record.
- Secretary Clinton left for China yesterday while US officials continue to be quiet about the case.
- Chen may be exiled if he wants to stay in China.
- Chinese censors are scrambling to erase the activist from social media.
- Coverage (Reuters, AP, NYT, Reuters-2, AFP)
- Region: Diplomats at the UN are working to resolve Sudan/S. Sudan tensions as air strikes continued through the weekend. (AP)
- Guinea-Bissau: ECOWAS continued to threaten to use force to dislodge military rulers while adding new sanctions. (Reuters)
- Mali: The military junta said it remained in control of key sites around the capital after an attempted counter-coup. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Troops raided a suspected Boko Haram bomb factory in Kano and recovered IEDs. (AFP)
- Sudan: International diplomats were granted access to their nationals who were arrested along the contested border with South Sudan. (AP)
- Colombia: Thirteen were killed in a military helicopter crash near the Caribbean coast. (AP)
- Colombia: President Santos accused the FARC of kidnapping a French journalist who went missing on Sunday in a firefight with the FARC. (AP)
- Mexico: The lower house of congress approved a bill to require federal assistance to victims of brutal gang violence. (Reuters)
- United States: The Department of Homeland Security is set to launch their own probe of the Secret Service’s actions in Colombia. (Washington Post)
- Venezuela: President Chavez announced his intention to withdraw Venezuela from an OAS human rights panel and signed an overhaul of the country’s labor law. (Dow Jones)
- Venezuela: President Chavez returned to Cuba for additional cancer treatment. (CNN)
- Afghanistan: The EU ambassador indicated Afghan leaders need to improve. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Protesters accused NATO soldiers of killing four children during clashes with insurgents yesterday. (AFP)
- India: A ferry capsized with over 200 feared dead. (AP)
- Korea, North: US President Obama, speaking with Japanese PM Noda, warned the DPRK that its “pattern of provocation” was over and the US would not buy “good behavior.” (AFP)
- Malaysia: The government ordered 32 armored vehicles from Indonesia. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: Questions remain about Pakistan’s role a year after OBL’s death. (AP)
- Philippines: Foreign Secretary del Rosario and Defense Secretary Gazmin appealed to the US to help modernize the Philippine armed forces. (AFP)
- Thailand: Two soldiers were killed and six other injured by a bomb in the southern province of Pattani. (Xinhua)
- Region: Details of planned AQ attacks in Europe were released by German authorities. (CNN)
- Region: The US plans to declare at the upcoming Chicago Summit that the first phase of European missile defense is complete. (Xinhua)
- Britain: The Defense Ministry is considering placing surface to air missiles on civilian rooftops during the Olympics. (WSJ)
- Turkey: A committee began drafting a new constitution that is more democratic, as the current one was written while under military rule. (BBC)
- Iran: Israeli Defense Minister Barak was skeptical that international sanctions would succeed in curbing Iran’s nuclear goals. (DPA)
- Iraq: A SIGIR report indicates American reconstruction funds may have financed insurgents according to surveys of American officers and officials. (AFP)
- Israel: Ex-opposition leader Livni plans to quit parliament today. (AP)
- Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated Syrian forces killed 10 in Idlib. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Twelve militants were killed in Abyan province while seven soldiers died in the clash. (Global Post)
- Yemen: Rebels claimed they had seized 20 tanks in Lawdar. (UPI)
- UN Security Council: Azerbaijan took over the presidency (RFE/RL)
- World Trade Organization: Montenegro became its 154th member. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Pay Phones: When paying with your phone you may be providing other information about yourself to the merchants. (NYT)
- Press Freedom: Freedom House indicated press freedom globally held steady after eight years of decline. The US fell due to its response to the Occupy Wall Street protests. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAY)
- Asia: The Philippines hosts the annual Asian Development Bank meeting.
- Europe: EU finance ministers decide new global capital requirements at Basel III.
- El Salvador: Anniversary of the end of the Revolution Government Junta – 1982.
- France: Presidential candidates Sarkozy and Hollande face off in televised debate.
- Hungary: Presidential elections take place.
- Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi to be sworn into parliament.
- Myanmar: Anniversary of Cyclone Nargis making landfall – 2008.
- Nigeria: Anniversary of the Yelwa massacre – 2004.