Guinea Bissau: The former head of military intelligence was killed near his residence in Bissau. (Reuters)
Libya: Amnesty International reported NATO failed to properly investigate or provide compensation for civilian deaths caused by its air strikes during operations in Libya. (Reuters)
Somalia: Mortar shells killed six civilians in a camp for displaced people near the presidential palace in Mogadishu. (AFP)
Sudan: Thearmy accused rebels in South Kordofan of planning a wide-range attack backed by South Sudan. (Xinhua)
Colombia: President Santos rejected a FARC demand that peace activists be allowed to visit imprisoned guerrillas as a condition for the release of hostages. (AFP)
Mexico: Police found the severed heads of ten people killed in a suspected outbreak of drug gang violence. (Reuters)
Mexico: Banners in Guanajuato purportedly signed by drug cartel The Knights Templar promised there will be no violence during the state by Pope Benedict XVI. (AP)
Region: Japanese DM Tanaka said he is considering ordering the SDF to destroy the DPRK’s rocket-mounted satellite should it pass over Japan. (Kyodo)
Maldives: Police used tear gas to disrupt demonstrators preventing the new president from opening Parliament. (AP)
Indonesia: Counter-terrorism police killed five men suspected of planning a series of attacks on Bali. (Reuters)
East Timor: A second round of presidential elections are expected be held on 16APR. (AFP)
France: Interior Minister Gueant ordered tightened security around all French Jewish schools after an attack in Toulouse that left four dead. (AFP)
Germany: Public-service workers began strikes in a dispute over wages. (AP)
Germany: Activist Gauck was elected German president with 991 of 1,232 votes from a special assembly of MPs. (AP)
Region: Turkey reported two Syrian generals crossed into Turkey to support rebel forces, bringing the total to nine. (AFP)
Syria: Technical experts from the UN and OIC are in Syria on a mission to assess the humanitarian impact of its year-long conflict. (AFP)
Syria: The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Syria imported six times more weapons in 2007-2011 than in the previous five-year period. (AP)
Yemen: Authorities tightened security around Taez, a day after an American was killed in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyber weapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks, even when those networks are not connected to the Internet. (Washington Post)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy
Eruptions occurred as well as a seven-kilometer-high plume of ash.
Lava flowed into the uninhabited valley of Valle del Bove.