- AFRICA: The UN Security Council is set to lift a 12-year-old arms embargo on the Ivory Coast and renew the UN peacekeeping mission for a final year.
- AMERICAS: Venezuela’s election board gave opposition leaders a document letting them begin the process of seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro.
- ASIA: Afghan Taliban confirmed a visit of its leaders to Pakistan but said they are discussing the issue of Afghan refugees, the release of a senior leader and other prisoners.
- EUROPE: The first shipment of US natural gas to the EU arrived, a move that could lead to continental price wars and reduce Russian market domination.
- MIDDLE EAST: Syria peace talks in Geneva will resume on 10MAY, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US government is not likely to notify Apple Inc., of the method used to hack into iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, a federal law enforcement official said.
- Paris Attacks: Belgium extradites main suspect Salah Abdeslam to France.
- Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been handed over to French authorities, Belgian officials said.
- The transfer of the suspected extremist who had been Europe’s most wanted fugitive was carried out without advance notice and in secrecy.
- Abdeslam is accused of helping to plan and execute the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, which killed 130 people.
- Frank Berton, a French lawyer who said he would defend Abdeslam, described him as a young man “falling apart” and ready to cooperate.
- The French prosecutor said that investigative magistrates will begin questioning Mr. Abdeslam immediately.
- Coverage: AP, CBS, NBC, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ
- Cape Verde: Eleven men were shot dead in the country, including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens. (Reuters)
- Ivory Coast: The UN Security Council is set to lift a 12-year-old arms embargo on the country and renew the UN peacekeeping mission for a final year. (Reuters)
- Libya: A government based in the country’s east has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a move that could deepen divisions. (Reuters)
- Brazil: The country has confirmed 91,387 cases of Zika so far this year, according to the Health Ministry. (EFE)
- El Salvador: Police and soldiers raided parts of the capital San Salvador under a new campaign to break the reign of vicious gangs. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The country’s election board gave opposition leaders a document letting them begin the process of seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)
- Region: Afghan Taliban confirmed a visit of its leaders to Pakistan but said they are discussing the issue of Afghan refugees, the release of a senior leader and other prisoners. (Xinhua)
- Korean Peninsula: North Korea is preparing to launch a large-scale artillery assault drill on a replica of the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. South Korean military officials said. (Yonhap)
- Papua New Guinea: The country is to close a detention center used by Australia for asylum seekers, PM Peter O’Neill has announced. (BBC)
- Philippines: President Benigno Aquino vowed to launch a military assault aimed at “neutralizing” Abu Sayyaf militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners. (AFP)
- Region: The first shipment of US natural gas to the EU arrived, a move that could lead to continental price wars and reduce Russian market domination. (AFP)
- Region: Dutch FM Bert Koenders has warned the Netherlands cannot guarantee the safety of citizens travelling to Turkey if they have been critical of Turkish leaders. (AFP)
- Turkey: PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledged the country’s draft constitution would guarantee secularism after calls for a religious charter sparked controversy in the predominantly-Muslim country. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Britons would be less well off if they voted to leave the EU than if they stayed, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria said. (AFP)
- Iran: The US has only lifted Iranian sanctions on paper and in practice is scaring businesses away from the country, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. (Reuters)
- Iran: A group of 236 South Korean entrepreneurs will join President Park Geun-hye’s upcoming trip to the country in a bid to tap deeply into the Middle East market. (Yonhap)
- Syria: Peace talks in Geneva will resume on 10MAY, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. (Reuters)
- Syria: The Islamic State group has seized five villages from Syrian rebels close to the Turkish border. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The US government is not likely to notify Apple Inc., of the method used to hack into iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook, a federal law enforcement official said. (USA Today)
- 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 22APR: 51,783 (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: 2,475
- 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 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: 623 (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 (28APR)
- Global: World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 2003
- China: Senior Japanese ruling party lawmaker Toshihiro Nikai to visit (to 30APR)
- Iraq: Anniversary of Abu Gharib prison scandal – 2004