- AFRICA: Gunmen from the Islamic State killed eight plainclothes policemen in the Helwan district south of Cairo.
- AMERICAS: Canadian officials hoped to complete the mass evacuation of work camps north of Alberta’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray.
- ASIA: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the governor-general has agreed to a July 2 election.
- EUROPE: Thousands of protesters in Germany gathered in the center of Berlin to counter an anti-immigration demonstration.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Muslim leader Raed Salah started a nine-month prison sentence for fomenting riots at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
- TECHNOLOGY: Armed with laptops and smartphones, some 500 members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) – one of the world’s biggest Muslim organizations – are seeking to counter the Islamic State group’s extremist messages.
- North Korea: Worker’s Party Congress continues in Pyongyang.
- This weekend marks the first Worker’s Party Congress in over thirty-six years.
- North Korean President Kim Jong Un said the country will not use nuclear weapons unless its national sovereignty is threatened.
- Furthermore, he said the government will faithfully fulfill its nuclear nonproliferation obligations.
- As recent as March, Kim threatened to use nuclear weapons preemptively against South Korea.
- He also announced the first five year economic plan in decades, desiring increased exports of magnesite and graphite along with upgrades to the rail system.
- Such upgrades seem problematic since the United States imposed sanctions in March after the country tested nuclear weapons.
- Coverage: ABC, BBC, CNN, LAT, WP
- Egypt: Gunmen from the Islamic State shot dead eight plainclothes policemen in the Helwan district south of Cairo. (Reuters)
- Mauritania: Thousands of people gathered in the capital Nouakchott to protest against a move by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to abolish the senate. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The president will join John Kerry in London at an anti-corruption summit being held next week. (AFP)
- Rwanda: Two former mayors will go on trial in France facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1994 massacres in the central African country. (AFP)
- Canada: Officials hoped to complete the mass evacuation of work camps north of Alberta’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, fearing a growing wildfire could double in size and reach a major oil sands mine and even the neighboring province of Saskatchewan. (AP)
- Chile: Protesting fishermen on the south archipelago of Chiloe decided to temporarily stop blocking access to their islands in order to let in trucks bringing food, gasoline and other products that have grown scarce during the six says since they launched their demonstrations. (EFE)
- El Salvador: A court has agreed to consider a civil case against former President Mauricio Funes, his wife, and one of his sons for possible illicit enrichment. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Three police personnel and 10 militants were killed after Taliban attacked security checkpoints in Lashkar Gah city. (Xinhua)
- Australia: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the governor-general has agreed to a July 2 election. (AP)
- Vietnam: Police broke up a demonstration in the capital, Hanoi, when protesters gathered for the second time in a week to denounce a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths in central coastal provinces. (Reuters)
- Germany: Thousands of protesters gathered in the center of Berlin to counter an anti-immigration demonstration. (Al Jazeera)
- Greece: The parliament is due to vote on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul ahead of a crunch meeting of its Eurozone creditors as trade union protests against the reforms paralyzed swathes of the country. (AFP)
- Poland: Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Warsaw to protest against the government. (BBC)
- Iran: A trial opened of four Afghans accused of raping a French tourist in mountains on Tehran’s northwestern outskirts. (AFP)
- Israel: Muslim leader Raed Salah started a nine-month prison sentence for fomenting riots at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP)
- Saudi Arabia: A prince believes that the strategic relationship with the United States will remain but needs rethinking. (CNN)
- Syria: Three Spanish journalists who disappeared last summer while working have been freed from captivity. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Internet: Armed with laptops and smartphones, some 500 members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) – one of the world’s biggest Muslim organizations – are seeking to counter the Islamic State group’s extremist messages. (AFP)
- 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 06MAY: 75,140 (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: 8,377
- 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 (09MAY)
- Gambia: Court to continue case against Ousainou Darboe, leader of Gambia’s main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP)
- Greece: Eurozone finance ministers to meet in Brussels to discuss Greek bailout
- Japan: The Dalai Lama to visit to give speeches in Osaka
- Russia: Victory Day – 1945
- Syria: France to hold ministerial meeting on Syria
- Philippines: Elections