- AFRICA: ECOWAS warned the military juntas in control of Mali and Guinea Bissau that it would not tolerate further defiance of its directives.
- AMERICAS: Mexican authorities found the bodies of three photojournalists in Veracruz.
- ASIA: In Pakistan, a suicide bomber struck Khar, killing at least 20.
- EUROPE: In Russia, two bombings in Dagestan killed 12 and wounded at least 100.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Kofi Annan’s plan is “on track”; though progress in implementing the ceasefire is slow.
- TECHNOLOGY: The UK military’s head of cyber-security stated hackers have managed to breach the security of the Ministry of Defense.
- China: Possible solution reached over Chinese activist
- The government stated dissident Chen Guangcheng could “apply to go abroad”, indicating a softening of its position on the activist.
- Chen told US lawmakers his situation was “very dangerous” and that American diplomats were not being allowed to see him.
- Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell was negotiating with Chinese officials Thursday, said a senior State Department official. The Chinese Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
- Coverage: VoA, CNN, NYT, WSJ, WaPo, AP
- Region: ECOWAS warned the military juntas in control of Mali and Guinea Bissau that it would not tolerate further defiance of its directives. (Reuters)
- Region: Kenyan troops launched an attack on Al Shabab insurgents in southern Somalia. (UPI)
- Region: South Sudan accused Sudan of launching an air strike against one of its oil producing regions. (Reuters)
- DR Congo: The military reported it had advanced toward the stronghold of rogue General Ntaganda. (AFP)
- Ivory Coast: Archbishop Tutu’s peace and human rights group urged Ivory Coast to make more decisive efforts at reconciliation; more than a year after a political crisis left thousands dead. (AFP)
- Brazil: The government announced it would deploy 8,500 additional soldiers to defend Amazon border regions. (NYT)
- Guatemala: Authorities arrested nine suspected of involvement in violent protests that killed one. (EFE)
- Mexico: The bodies of three photojournalists were found murdered in Veracruz. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Two NATO soldiers were killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
- Myanmar: State media reported rebel forces suffered heavy losses in clashes that also left two soldiers dead. (AFP)
- Nepal: PM Bhattarai worked to establish a unity government following the resignation of his cabinet in a bid to avoid political turmoil. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: A suicide bomber struck Khar, killing at least 20. (Al Jazeera)
- Region: The US National Academy of Sciences sent a letter to lawmakers expressing skepticism that the planned European missile defense system would protect the US. (AP)
- Kosovo: NATO SG Rasmussen stated he was confident the alliance could prevent tension from escalating due to elections in Serbia. (AP)
- Russia: Two bombings in Dagestan killed 12 and wounded at least 100. (AFP)
- Turkey: Suspected PKK militants killed three soldiers in Tunceli province. (Reuters)
- Iran: Voting began for runoff parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
- Iran: The government stated it would never suspend uranium enrichment or close the Fordow nuclear facility. (Reuters)
- Syria: Kofi Annan’s spokesman said Annan’s plan for Syria is “on track”, though progress in implementing the ceasefire is slow. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Pro-government militia killed 12 suspected militants as jihadists attacked the southern town of Loder. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- United Kingdom: The military’s head of cyber-security stated hackers have managed to breach the security of the Ministry of Defense. (Guardian)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05MAY)
- Asia: Secretary Clinton embarks on a South Asia tour beginning with Bangladesh and India.
- Europe: Anniversary of Europe Day – 1964.
- Europe: Anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe – 1949.
- Ethiopia: Anniversary of Liberation Day – 1941.
- Kyrgyzstan: Celebration of Constitution Day – 1993.
- Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of the Treaty of Bishkek – 1994.
- Mexico: Celebration of Cinco de Mayo – 1862.
- Russia: Political opposition stages “March of Millions” in Moscow.
- Thailand: Celebration of Coronation Day – 1950.
- United States: Military tribunal charges the 5 plotters of the attacks on 11SEPT01.