- AFRICA: Moise Katumbi, a prominent opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said he would run in November’s presidential election when incumbent Joseph Kabila is due to step down in accordance with the constitution.
- AMERICAS: The Brazilian Senate recommended an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff.
- ASIA: China and Russia will hold their first joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill, after the US and South Korea discussed an anti-missile defense system for the South to counter threats from North Korea.
- EUROPE: Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu will soon leave office, a government official said, amid a disagreement with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- MIDDLE EAST: A recently implemented ceasefire for the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo seemed to be holding, hours after a deal was reached to extend the truce.
- TECHNOLOGY: In the Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State’s aim is to insulate residents and its own fighters from any further news about the advance of Iraqi forces.
- Turkey: PM Davutoglu expected to resign after struggle with President Erdogan.
- Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu was expected to announce he is stepping down as premier, amid a power struggle with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- The ruling AK Party is set to replace Davutoglu as its leader, and therefore as premier, at an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks.
- His possible departure comes at a time when Turkey is vying for EU membership, and has witnessed several suicide bombings linked to Islamic State or Kurdish militants.
- Mr. Davutoglu’s position was weakened substantially when the AKP, in his absence, voted to strip him of the authority to appoint local leaders.
- Coverage: AP, FT, Reuters, WSJ
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Moise Katumbi, a prominent opposition leader, said he would run in November’s presidential election when incumbent Joseph Kabila is due to step down in accordance with the constitution. (Reuters)
- Sudan: Dockers began unloading tens of thousands of tonnes of food from a US aid ship destined for the country’s war-torn areas. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: The country is set to print its own version of the US dollar in order to ease a cash shortage in the country. (BBC)
- Brazil: The Brazilian Senate recommended an impeachment trial for President Rousseff. (Reuters)
- Colombia: The US will provide intelligence to support the nation’s fight against crime gangs, considered the biggest threat to the national security, President Juan Manuel Santos said. (Reuters)
- Venezuela: Just over one in four Venezuelans approves of President Nicolas Maduro’s governance as a crippling economic crisis weighs on the leftist leader, according to a Datanalisis poll. (Reuters)
- Region: China and Russia will hold their first joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill, after the US and South Korea discussed an anti-missile defense system for the South to counter threats from North Korea. (Reuters)
- Region: Legislators of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party (KMT) demanded tougher action against Japan, including use of military force, after a Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew were detained by Japan’s coast guard. (Kyodo)
- Region: Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines agreed to run coordinated patrols to boost maritime security following the kidnappings at sea of Indonesians by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. (AP)
- Afghanistan: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the Afghan government would step up efforts to eliminate the corruption in the country. (Xinhua)
- Bangladesh: Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Islamist party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for crimes during the country’s 1971 independence struggle. (AFP)
- Region: Armenia has given the go-ahead for the country’s parliament to vote on recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist enclave that is officially part of neighboring Azerbaijan. (AP)
- Region: In Rome, EU president Donald Tusk will meet with fellow EU institution leaders and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for two days of talks likely to focus on next steps in Europe’s migrant crisis. (AFP)
- Region: Israeli air strikes hit four targets in Gaza overnight, wounding four people, three of them children. (AFP)
- Syria: A recently implemented ceasefire for the war-torn northern city of Aleppo seemed to be holding, hours after a deal was reached to extend the truce. (DPA)
- Syria: A double bomb attack in Homs province killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 40 others. (AFP)
- Yemen: The Yemeni government delegation at peace talks demanded action from UN mediators over rebel shelling of besieged third city Taez. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: In the Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State’s aim is to insulate residents and its own fighters from any further news about the advance of Iraqi forces. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 29APR: 74,204 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 8,319
- Deaths: 12
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 26APR: 1,728 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 26APR: 624 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21APR: Cabo Verde, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Bonaire (Netherlands), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Maldives, American Samoa, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, and Tonga.
- Outbreak Terminated as of 21APR: Gabon, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 21APR: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAY)
- Iraq: Protests to continue in Baghdad if Al-Sadr’s demands are not met
- North Korea: Seventh Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea to be held in Pyongyang
- Palestinian Territories: The UN Security Council to hold an informal meeting on the protection of Palestinian civilians
- Russia: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s to meet with Russian President Putin on the dispute over four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido
- United States: Anniversary of German dirigible Hindenburg explodes and burns on landing at Lakehurst, New Jersey in the U.S., killing 36 – 1937