- AFRICA: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrived on a surprise visit to Tripoli, in the latest foreign visit in support of Libya’s UN-backed unity government.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s lower house voted for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.
- ASIA: The US and Japan agreed to strengthen coordination in responding to North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear and missile technology, amid signs the reclusive state may conduct a fifth nuclear test.
- EUROPE: British Treasury chief George Osborne says the United Kingdom would be “permanently poorer” if it votes to leave the EU in a 23JUN referendum.
- MIDDLE EAST: Yemen peace talks in Kuwait will not begin as planned, amid objections over continued fighting despite an announced ceasefire.
- TECHNOLOGY: The armed wing of the Islamic Hamas movement condemned the closure of its Twitter account, which had 196,000 followers.
- Ecuador: Recovery underway as earthquake death toll is expected to rise.
- President Rafael Correa has warned that the death toll from a powerful earthquake which has killed 272 people is likely to rise.
- All six coastal provinces — Guayas, Manabi, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Esmeraldas and Galapagos — are in state of emergencies.
- While the full extent of the damage remains unclear, the disaster will likely worsen the OPEC nation’s economic performance this year.
- The government said it would draw on $600 million in emergency funding from multilateral banks to rebuild.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NBC, Reuters
- Libya: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrived on a surprise visit to Tripoli, in the latest foreign visit in support of the country’s UN-backed unity government. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Boko Haram fighters attacked Nigerian soldiers in the northeast of the country, where the jihadists have been waging a seven-year insurgency, the army said. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Security forces arrested 14 suspects during two different operations conducted in the Benadir region of Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: Rebel leader Riek Machar’s long-awaited return to the capital Juba was delayed for “logistical reasons”. (AFP)
- Brazil: The country’s lower house voted for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. (CNN)
- Colombia: The FARC guerrilla group said it did not have a fortune of $10.5 billion as reported by Britain’s The Economist. (EFE)
- Honduras: At least nine people were injured when assailants attacked environmentalists demonstrating in memory of slain human rights activist Berta Caceres. (EFE)
- Region: The US and Japan agreed to strengthen coordination in responding to North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear and missile technology, amid signs the reclusive state may conduct a fifth nuclear test. (Kyodo)
- Region: China’s navy dispatched a military plane to one of its manmade islands in the South China Sea, the first openly acknowledged mission of its kind. (AP)
- China: Corruption cases involving USD 463,000 or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled. (AFP)
- Indonesia: The country convened an unprecedented discussion of anti-communist massacres in 1965-66 that brought together survivors and representatives of the military that orchestrated the atrocities. (AP)
- Malta: The country’s parliament was debating a motion of no confidence in the government over PM Joseph Muscat‘s failure to sack a minister and his chief of staff, who are implicated in the Panama Papers affair. (DPA)
- Russia: The country saw a significant increase of terrorism and extremism-related crimes in 2015, the Investigative Committee of Russia Federation. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: Police have detained 101 people with suspected links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of attempting to overthrow the government. (AP)
- United Kingdom: British Treasury chief George Osborne says the country would be “permanently poorer” if it votes to leave the EU in a 23JUN referendum. (AP)
- Region: Israel’s military located and “neutralized” a tunnel extending from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, the first such discovery since a devastating 2014 conflict. (AFP)
- Iraq: US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter made an unannounced visit to Baghdad for talks with Iraqi officials on the war against the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)
- Yemen: Peace talks in Kuwait will not begin as planned, amid objections over continued fighting despite an announced ceasefire. (Reuters)
- Yemen: Tens of thousands of Yemenis are rallying in Aden, demanding the secession of the south from the rest of the country. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The armed wing of the Islamic Hamas movement condemned the closure of its Twitter account, which had 196,000 followers. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19S (Fantala)
- Location: 693 NM NNW of La Réunion
- Wind: 172 mph
- Movement: WNW at 11 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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 (19APR)
- Global: The UN General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem will be held in New York (to 21APR)
- Japan and Canada: Vice foreign and defense ministers to hold “two-plus-two” meeting in Tokyo
- Russia: Parliamentary speakers from Eurasian countries to hold their first meeting in Moscow
- Sierra Leone: Anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Sierra Leone – 1971
- United States: Anniversary of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings is captured after an extended chase through the suburbs of Boston – 2013
- United States: Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing – 1995
- Venezuela: Independence Declaration Day – 1811