- AFRICA: ECOWAS officials stated they are close to a deal with Guinea Bissau’s junta to return constitutional power
- AMERICAS: Brazil hosted US Secretary of State Clinton to discuss improving business ties.
- ASIA: The UN increased sanctions against North Korea in response to the failed rocket launch.
- EUROPE: Spain’s successful bond sale eased fears of a resurrected debt crisis
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Salehi stated Tehran might be willing to “resolve” nuclear issues if sanctions are removed.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google is reportedly launching “Google Drive,” a cloud storage service, next week
- Afghanistan: Aftermath of Sunday’s attacks on Kabul
- US officials stated the Haqqani network was behind Sunday’s attacks on Kabul.
- President Karzai criticized the Afghan and NATO intelligence services for failing to predict the attack.
- President Karzai also criticized the insurgents, and challenged them to do more for the country.
- NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2
- Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed strong concern over the buildup of forces along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. (Reuters)
- Region: Ethiopian militia killed two Kenyan police and wounded five in a cross border raid. (Xinhua)
- Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS officials stated they are close to reaching deal with the ruling junta to ensure the return of constitutional power. (Reuters)
- Mali: The military arrested former PM Sidibe for the third time since the 22MAR coup. (AP)
- Somalia: A suicide bomber killed a soldier in Baidoa. (AFP)
- Region: Venezuelan FM Maduro strongly criticized Britain’s “threats” against Argentina over the Falkland Islands. (AP)
- Brazil: US Secretary of State Clinton visited the country to discuss improving business ties. (AP)
- Peru: Two police officers were reported missing in the same jungle where Shining Path rebels had kidnapped 36 pipeline workers. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Australia announced it would withdraw its forces a year ahead of schedule. (Al Jazeera)
- East Timor: Former guerrilla fighter Taur Matan Ruak was elected president. (AFP)
- Korea, North: The government will refuse entry to IAEA inspectors. (AFP)
- Korea, North: The UN increased sanctions in response to the failed rocket launch. (AFP)
- Pakistan: The Foreign Ministry announced a round of talks with the US on “new terms of engagement.” (Xinhua)
- Region: A senior NATO official stated the dispute over missile defense hampered cooperation between the alliance and Russia. (Xinhua)
- Spain: A successful bond sale eased fears over the exacerbation of the debt crisis. (AP)
- Turkey: A NATO official stated Turkey had not yet requested the alliance to intervene in Syria. (DPA)
- Bahrain: Amnesty International claimed the government’s reform efforts were “flawed” and “inadequate.” (CNN)
- Iran: FM Salehi stated Iran might be willing to “resolve” nuclear issues if sanctions are removed. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Police reported an attack by Al Qaeda gunmen on a government office was thwarted. (DPA)
- Syria: Continued clashes between opposition and government forces endangered the ceasefire agreement. (WSJ)
- Yemen: US drone strikes killed at least 6 Al-Qaeda militants in Shabwa. (CNN)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cloud Computing: Google will reportedly launch “Google Drive,” a cloud service offering 5gb of storage for free, next week. (TNW)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquake: Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
- Magnitude: 6.7
- Depth: 37 km
- Earthquake: Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea
- Magnitude: 7.0
- Depth: 201.1 km
- Note: No damage reported, no tsunami warning issued.
- Volcano: Popocatepetl, Mexico
- Began ejecting hot rock fragments, alert level raised. (Reuters)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18APR)
- Europe: Two-day Russia-NATO Council meeting takes place in Brussels.
- India: Test of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile.
- Iran: National Army Day celebrated.
- Iraq: Egyptian Abu Ayuub al-Masri killed – 2010.
- Iraq: Anniversary of raid on Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayub al-Masri – 2010.
- Israel: Memorial Day celebrated.
- Lebanon: Anniversary of the US Embassy bombing – 1983.
- Zimbabwe: Independence Day celebrated.