- AFRICA: Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari said he did not want an apology from British PM David Cameron for calling his country “fantastically corrupt”, but said Britain could return assets stolen by officials who fled to London.
- AMERICAS: Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has asked the Supreme Court to block impeachment proceedings against her.
- ASIA: Ali Haidar Gilani, the rescued son of a former Pakistani prime minister, was flown from Afghanistan to Pakistan and reunited with family.
- EUROPE: Spain’s FM Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo described the EU-Turkey deal to stem the influx of migrants as a “botched job” and “inadequate” response to its worst migration crisis since World War II.
- MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian army exchanged fire with rebels in the battleground city of Aleppo even before the expiry of a Russian- and US-brokered ceasefire.
- TECHNOLOGY: A judge has rejected an attempt by Britain’s security services to force an alleged hacker to hand over the passwords to his encrypted computers.
- Iraq: IS-claimed car bomb kills dozens in Baghdad; death toll expected to rise.
- A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State in a Shi’ite Muslim district of Baghdad killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 60 others, Iraqi police and hospital sources said.
- In an online statement, the extremist IS group said it was behind the attack, describing it as a suicide attack that targeted a gathering of Shiite militiamen.
- The attack occured in the Sadr city market, consistent with the frequent targeting of commercial areas by IS.
- After that attack, a speech by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sparked a massive protest that ended up with Iraqis storming the city’s Parliament and Green Zone.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, VOA
- Comoros: Several thousand voters headed to the polls in a partial re-run of the presidential election with the result hanging in the balance. (AFP)
- DR Congo: Police dispersed thousands of supporters of powerful opposition figure Moise Katumbi, President Joseph Kabila’s leading rival. (AFP)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said he did not want an apology from British PM David Cameron for calling his country “fantastically corrupt”, but said Britain could return assets stolen by officials who fled to London. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Gunmen killed two policemen in the country’s Niger Delta and three soldiers were killed in a second attack, raising fears of insurgency. (Reuters)
- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff has asked the Supreme Court to block impeachment proceedings against her. (BBC)
- Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff vowed to serve out her full term, on the eve of a Senate vote on opening an impeachment trial that could mark her last day in office. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro defended Venezuelan opposition lawmakers who have been accused of treason. (AFP)
- Region: Ali Haidar Gilani, the rescued son of a former Pakistani prime minister, was flown Afghanistan to Pakistan and reunited with family. (AP)
- Region: China said repeated US Navy patrols in the South China Sea are forcing it to boost the defense capabilities of the islands. (AP)
- Bangladesh: Thousands of police were deployed after Jamaat-e-Islami party president Motiur Rahman Nizami was executed for war crimes. (AFP)
- Cambodia: US Ambassador William Heidt denied the US was behind the so-called “Black Monday” protests in the country. (Xinhua)
- Region: Spain’s FM Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo described the EU-Turkey deal to stem the influx of migrants as a “botched job” and “inadequate” response to its worst migration crisis since World War II. (AFP)
- Italy: Some 13 arrest warrants have been issued against members of a migrant trafficking network that held people hostage in secret apartments in the Sicilian port city of Catania. (DPA)
- Macedonia: The Council of Europe offered its help in training Macedonian border police, after allegations officers are maltreating migrants as they try to enter the country. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Britain would be “significantly less safe” outside the EU, according to former-MI5 director general Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller. (Guardian)
- Region: The militant Hamas group says Egypt has temporarily reopened its border with the Gaza Strip, the first time the border was opened in three months. (AP)
- Iraq: The third rotation of New Zealand troops to help train Iraqi soldiers in the fight against Islamic State insurgents has left for the war-torn country. (Xinhua)
- Syria: The Syrian army exchanged fire with rebels in the battleground city of Aleppo even before the expiry of a Russian- and US-brokered ceasefire. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A judge has rejected an attempt by Britain’s security services to force an alleged hacker to hand over the passwords to his encrypted computers. (AP)
- 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 (12MAY)
- Germany: Authorities to lift temporary border controls
- Israel: Yom Ha’atzmaut
- Lebanon: Resistance and Liberation Day – 2000
- Qatar: China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, Chinese FM Wang Yi to attend
- Uganda: President Museveni to be sworn in for another term