- AFRICA: Commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata rushed militiamen to a key crossroads after it was overrun by the Islamic State group.
- AMERICAS: Colombia authorized the use of all military force, including air strikes, against the country’s three biggest criminal gangs in a major escalation against “organized armed groups.”
- ASIA: A total of 60 people have been set free after Afghan government forces raided a Taliban-run detention center in the southern Helmand province.
- EUROPE: The EU expects cooperation from any subsequent Turkish government to finish migration and visa deals, the EU’s envoy to Turkey Hansjorg Haber said.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo, gaining important ground where the US and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war.
- TECHNOLOGY: Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh, and Nepal attract the highest rates of attempted malware attacks, according to Microsoft.
- North Korea: Generational political conference opens to proclaim Kim Jong-un.
- North Korea’s ruling party opened its first congress in 36 years, as its leader, Kim Jong-un plans to use the rare political gathering to consolidate his power.
- Foreign media have been invited but are not allowed inside the venue.
- There is speculation Kim could move away from his father’s “military first” ideology and reinforce his own brand of simultaneous nuclear and economic development.
- The state-run KCNA news agency cited advances in nuclear and ballistic missile development, crediting military scientists and engineers for accomplishments that are “the greatest gifts” for the party congress.
- Some personnel shuffling and economic policy tweaks may be forthcoming, but Pyongyang has made been clear it has no intention of backing down on its nuclear development program.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters
- Burundi: More than 450 people have been killed in the country in unrest that began a year ago, raising fears of a return to the ethnically charged violence of civil war. (Reuters)
- Libya: Commanders in city of Misrata rushed militiamen to a key crossroads after it was overrun by the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The US is seeking to approve a sale of as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the country to aid its battle against the extremist group Boko Haram. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari urged other countries and the UN to speed up the process of repatriating stolen money held abroad. (Reuters)
- Region: Four men charged with running a scheme that laundered USD 60M in Mexican drug money have been arrested in Southern California. (AP)
- Colombia: The nation authorized the use of all military force, including air strikes, against the country’s three biggest criminal gangs in a major escalation against “organized armed groups.” (AFP)
- United States: The White House announced measures to crack down on the use of shell companies inside the US that can be used for tax evasion and money laundering. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: A total of 60 people have been set free after government forces raided a Taliban-run detention center in the southern Helmand province. (Xinhua)
- Australia: The country offered compensation to Save the Children staff after “regretting” relying on allegations the charity had encouraged asylum-seekers held on the Pacific island of Nauru to harm themselves. (AFP)
- Malaysia: Search crews have found suspected debris from a helicopter that disappeared with six people on board, including a deputy minister and a member of parliament, PM Najib Razak said. (AFP)
- Myanmar: President Htin Kyaw has urged the creation of a new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi’s state advisor position, a move that will deepen her influence and likely rile the powerful army. (AFP)
- Region: The EU expects cooperation from any subsequent Turkish government to finish migration and visa deals, the EU’s envoy to Turkey Hansjorg Haber said. (Reuters)
- Greece: Services ground to a halt at the start of a three-day general strike protesting new bailout austerity measures, in a sign of growing discontent with the left-led coalition government. (AP)
- Spain: Health authorities detected the country’s first known case of Zika-related microcephaly. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Local and regional elections showed strong gains for Scottish nationalists, as London looked set to elect its first Muslim mayor. (AFP)
- Region: Israeli warplanes struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip, as a flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement. (AFP)
- Iraq: Turkish warplanes attacked and destroyed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant targets in the country’s north. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: A Saudi police officer has been shot dead in the Makkah region, after four suspected militants died during a raid in the same area. (AFP)
- Syria: An air strike on the Kamouna refugee camp that reportedly killed at least 28 people could amount to a war crime, a senior UN official said. (BBC)
- Syria: Rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo, gaining important ground where the US and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh, and Nepal attract the highest rates of attempted malware attacks, according to Microsoft. (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 (07MAY)
- Bangladesh: Phase three of elections