- AFRICA: South Sudanese gunmen killed more than 140 people and kidnapped a number of others in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s Congress will vote on whether to authorize impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of corruption.
- ASIA: North Korea is suspected of preparing for a fifth nuclear test to take place in early May.
- EUROPE: Following a visit a refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece, Pope Francis took 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican.
- MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait oil and gas industry workers began a strike over public sector pay reforms that they fear could reduce their salaries and diminish other benefits.
- TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft brought a lawsuit against the US Justice Department over court orders that demand private customer data.
- Ecuador: A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast
- The quake struck just before 7 pm local time (8 pm EST).
- The epicenter was 105 miles northwest of Quito, the capital.
- This earthquake was 20 times stronger and released more energy than the one in Japan a day before.
- 36 aftershocks followed, one as strong as 6 on the Richter scale, and authorities urged residents to brace for even stronger ones in the coming hours and days.
- At least 77 people died and hundreds more are injured. Officials said the death toll is likely to rise.
- The national government declared a state of emergency in six provinces, and the Risk Management agency deployed 10,000 armed forces to aid in search and rescue efforts.
- AP-1, AP-2, Guardian, LAT, NBC, Reuters
- Burundi: In a report to the Security Council, UN chief Ban Ki-moon proposed a new police mission to the country. (AFP)
- Libya: Clashes broke out in Tripoli for the first time since the arrival of the UN-backed government two weeks ago. (AFP)
- South Sudan: Ethnic Murle gunmen killed more than 140 people and kidnapped a number of others in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia. (AP)
- Argentina: The country seeks to borrow cash on international credit markets for the first time since their 2001 default. (AFP)
- Brazil: The nation’s Congress will vote on whether to authorize impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of corruption. (AFP)
- United States: An immigration judge ruled that a Pakistani immigrant convicted on terrorism charges cannot be deported to Pakistan after completing his sentence due to the likelihood that he would be tortured there. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: In a joint Afghan-US raid on the house of a suspected Al Qaeda member twelve people, including three children, were killed. (WSJ)
- Myanmar: The nation’s new president pardoned 83 prisoners held for political crimes. (Reuters)
- North Korea: The country is suspected of preparing for a fifth nuclear test to take place in early May. (AFP)
- Region: Following a visit a refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece, Pope Francis took 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican. (BBC)
- Italy: Polling stations opened for a referendum on limiting offshore oil and gas drilling rights. (DPA)
- United Kingdom: Tens of thousands of people marched through London to protest government spending cuts. (AFP)
- Kuwait: National oil and gas industry workers began a strike over public sector pay reforms that they fear could reduce their salaries and diminish other benefits. (Reuters)
- Saudi Arabia: The government threatened to sell of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets if the US Congress passes a bill that holds the kingdom responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 attacks. (NYT)
- Yemen: A suicide car bombing on an army checkpoint near the main gate of the international airport in Aden killed four soldiers. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Microsoft brought a lawsuit against the US Justice Department over court orders that demand private customer data. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19S (Fantala)
- Location: 542 NM N of Saint Denis, La Réunion
- Wind: 155 mph
- Movement: W NW at 11.5 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
- Magnitude: 7.8
- Depth: 19.2 km
- Volcanoes: Cleveland, Alaska, US
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- 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 15APR: 1714 (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 15APR: 618 (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 (18APR)
- Asia Region: 14th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China, Russia, and India in Moscow
- Greece: Bailout negotiations to resume
- Lebanon: Anniversary of US Embassy Bombing – 1983
- Libya: The internationally recognized parliament will hold a confidence vote on the country’s new UN-backed unity government
- South Sudan: Rebel leader Riek Machar to return to Juba to form unity govt
- Yemen: Peace talks to be held in Kuwait
- Zimbabwe: Independence Day – 1980