- AFRICA: Polls opened across Sudan’s conflict-hit Darfur in a referendum on whether or not to unite its five states despite rebels boycotting and international criticism.
- AMERICAS: Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, headed for a runoff that could make her Peru’s first female leader.
- ASIA: Two senior North Korean officials, including an army colonel specializing in espionage against the South, defected to South Korea last year.
- EUROPE: Three men attacked a rural police station in southern Russia including at least one suicide bomber, with no reported casualties.
- MIDDLE EAST: A ceasefire that took effect in Yemen at midnight was largely holding, despite some violations by rebel fighters.
- TECHNOLOGY: China’s online censorship system protects national security and does not discriminate against foreign companies, the country’s Internet regulator said.
- G-7 Summit: John Kerry attends Hiroshima memorial service
- US Secretary of State John Kerry attended a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima for victims of the American atomic bombing 71 years ago, becoming the highest-ranking US official to visit the site of one of the most destructive acts of World War II.
- The Group of Seven (G-7) issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to building a world without nuclear arms but said the push had been made more complex by North Korea’s repeated “provocations” and by worsening security in Syria and Ukraine.
- A senior US State Department official said Kerry will not issue an apology for its use of nuclear weapons and the devastation it causes.
- Kerry’s appearance completed an evolution for the US, whose leaders avoided the city for many years because of political sensitivities.
- Coverage: AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, VOA
- Libya: US President Barack Obama said failing to prepare for the aftermath of the ousting of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi was the worst mistake of his presidency. (BBC)
- Somalia: Somali police executed by firing squad Hassan Hanafi, a journalist who assassinated colleagues for the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab jihadist group. (AFP)
- Sudan: Polls opened across the country’s conflict-hit Darfur in a referendum on whether or not to unite its five states despite rebels boycotting and international criticism. (AFP)
- Brazil: The country increased security in capital Brasilia in preparation for President Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment vote. (AFP)
- Peru: Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, headed for a runoff that could make her the country’s first female leader. (AFP)
- United States: CIA Director John Brennan said the US intelligence agency would not use waterboarding as an interrogation technique, regardless of future presidents. (DPA)
- United States: A US Navy officer with access to sensitive US intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan. (Reuters)
- Region: Taiwan has protested to China after eight Taiwanese cleared of charges by a Kenyan court were “illegally” flown to the mainland. (AFP)
- Region: China’s economic slowdown will hit growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific from this year until at least 2018, the World Bank said. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: Two senior North Korean officials, including an army colonel specializing in espionage against the South, defected to South Korea last year, the Seoul government said. (Reuters)
- Region: Greece lashed out at Macedonia for using “excessive force” after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on migrants trying to breach the closed border to enter the EU. (AFP)
- France: Riot police cleared away a camp of “Up All Night” demonstrators from central Paris, but the organizers vowed to return to protest for a 12th consecutive night. (AFP)
- Germany: Government officials are deciding how to respond to a request from Turkey to prosecute a German comedian who recited an explicit poem that insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on public television. (DPA)
- Russia: Three men attacked a rural police station in the southern Stavropol region including at least one suicide bomber, with no reported casualties. (Reuters)
- Region: Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers pledged support for the US-led coalition to “intensify and accelerate” its fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
- Iran: Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari confirmed the delivery of the first shipment of S-300 missile system to the country. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Islamic State militants took back al-Rai, a stronghold near the border with Turkey, four days after losing it to a grouping of rebels. (Reuters)
- Yemen: A ceasefire that took effect in the country at midnight was largely holding, despite some violations by rebel fighters. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China’s online censorship system protects national security and does not discriminate against foreign companies, the country’s Internet regulator said. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 39km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
- Magnitude: 6.6
- Depth: 210.4 km
- Volcanoes: Mount Bromo, Indonesia
- Ash eruption closes Malang Airport in East Java. (NewsHub)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 08APR: 39,090 (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: 1,959
- Deaths: 2
- 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 10APR: 1698 (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 10APR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 07APR: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Gabon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa
- Outbreak Terminated as of 07APR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 07APR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12APR)
- Global: International Day of Human Space Flight
- Iran: Italian PM Renzi to visit (to 13APR)
- Iran: Revolutionary Guards to hold military exercise near border with Pakistan (to 14APR)
- Japan: David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, will visit Japan (to 19APR)
- Philippines: Philippines Independence Day