- AFRICA: Gambians voted for the first time since the departure of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with multiple parties poised to enter parliament after 22 years of one-party rule.
- AMERICAS: US prosecutors said in documents made public that Ivan Reyes Arzate, the commander of a Mexican police intelligence-sharing unit, was passing information on a DEA investigation to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in exchange for millions of dollars.
- ASIA: In Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution that strengthens the army’s hand in government and calls for polls after three years of junta rule.
- EUROPE: Russian authorities detained several people suspected of being accomplices of the man behind this week’s St. Petersburg metro bombing.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic militant Hamas group ruling the Gaza Strip says it has executed three Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel.
- TECHNOLOGY: France is training army hackers to protect French civil infrastructure and democratic institutions from cyber warfare.
- Syria: International outrage over chemical attack mounts.
- Western powers pushed ahead with efforts to take action over the suspected chemical attack in Syria after US President Donald Trump warned the “affront to humanity” would not go unanswered.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said there is no “option except victory” in the country’s civil war, saying the government could not reach “results” with opposition groups that attended recent peace talks.
- Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he was “100 percent sure” Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered a suspected chemical attack this week that provoked international outrage.
- The Syrian army has denied using any chemical or toxic substances in air strikes launched 05APR and blamed “terrorist groups and those behind them.”
- Autopsy results have revealed that chemical weapons were used in the 05APR attack which killed more than 80 people in Syria’s Idlib province.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, WSJ
- The Gambia: The country voted for the first time since the departure of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with multiple parties poised to enter parliament after 22 years of one-party rule. (AFP)
- Mali: A French soldier was killed in a clash with extremists, as part of a French military operation aimed at fighting radicals across a swath of Africa. (AP)
- Sudan: The nation and South Korea agreed to step up economic cooperation as the lifting of US sanctions opened up business opportunities in the African country. (Yonhap)
- Region: US prosecutors said in documents made public that Ivan Reyes Arzate, the commander of a Mexican police intelligence-sharing unit, was passing information on a DEA investigation to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in exchange for millions of dollars. (AP)
- Region: Venezuela and Bolivia separately criticized the Organization of American States for causing rifts in Latin America. (Xinhua)
- Argentina: Workers vowed a general strike in the recession-hit country, as President Mauricio Macri prepares to host an economic forum. (AFP)
- Brazil: The country’s Supreme Court ruled police officers do not have the right to go on strike. (AP)
- Region: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered troops to deploy on unoccupied South China Sea islands and reefs claimed by Manila, in a move that could provoke rival claimants including Beijing. (AFP)
- Region: China called off a visit by two Australian politicians after it took offense to a letter that called on it to address human right abuses. (Reuters)
- Region: Taiwan said relations with the US won’t be harmed when US President Trump meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (AP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea successfully test-launched a new 800-kilometer range ballistic missile that can reach anywhere in North Korea. (Yonhap)
- Thailand: King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution that strengthens the army’s hand in government and calls for polls after three years of junta rule. (AFP)
- Region: Germany is investigating 20 people for allegedly spying at the behest of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. (AFP)
- Russia: Russian authorities detained several people suspected of being accomplices of the man behind this week’s St. Petersburg metro bombing. (Reuters)
- Russia: Four suspects accused of killing two policemen in the southern city of Astrakhan were killed. (Xinhua)
- Russia: An explosion in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don injured one person. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Australia warned terrorists could target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula this month, and urged travellers to avoid Ankara and Istanbul. (AFP)
- Region: The Islamic militant Hamas group ruling the Gaza Strip says it has executed three Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel. (AP)
- Region: Turkey is planning to launch a new cross border military incursion in the next week to oust the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party from northern Iraq. (AFP)
- Region: A car driven by a Palestinian deliberately rammed into two Israelis, killing one and injuring the other, in the occupied West Bank. (Reuters)
- Syria: The Islamic State group killed 33 young men in the eastern town of Mayadeen, close to the border with Iraq. (AP)
- Yemen: Drone strikes killed two suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the country’s south, including the nephew of a top commander. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: France is training army hackers to protect French civil infrastructure and democratic institutions from cyber warfare. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 31MAR: 10,694 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
- Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
- Confirmed Cases as of 31MAR: 2,275 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
- Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
- Deaths as of 31MAR: 1 (Brazil)
- Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 05APR: 1,936 (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 05APR: 690 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 10MAR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 10MAR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07APR)
- Global: World Health Day – 1950
- Global: International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda – 2003
- Europe Region: Eurogroup meeting to discuss Greece
- Uzbekistan: CIS Council of Foreign Ministers to meet in Tashkent