- AFRICA: AQIM offered to free Stephen Malcolm if cleric Abu Qatada is allowed to choose his extradition country.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia a French reporter is missing after a FARC attack.
- ASIA: Pakistan condemned a US drone strike that killed three suspected militants.
- EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to boycott Euro 2012 if Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is kept in jail.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Idlib, Syria, two suspected suicide bombs exploded near a military compound.
- TECHNOLOGY: Wrapp launched its social gifting endeavor.
- Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi’s party ends boycott as Ban Ki-moon visits
- Suu Kyi’s party will be sworn in on 02MAY, and will swear an oath to protect the constitution.
- UN to provide technical support for the first census in three decades.
- UNSG Ban Ki-moon praised the transition to democracy, and urged Western nations to lift sanctions.
- Ban Ki-moon addressed parliament after meeting with President Thein Sein.
- President Thein Sein ordered a shakeup of negotiating teams to jumpstart peace talks with rebel groups.
- Ban Ki-moon also called for an end to the bloodshed.
- Coverage: (AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Reuters-3,Bloomberg)
- Region: Sudan declared a state of emergency in areas of unrest bordering S. Sudan. This action provides local authorities with greater policing power. (AP)
- Region: Ugandan army said Sudan is backing Joseph Kony’s LRA (BBC)
- Egypt: The head of the military council plans a cabinet shuffle. (Reuters)
- Ethiopia: Gunmen killed a Pakistani and four Ethiopians in the western city of Gambella. (AFP)
- Libya: Former PM Shokri Ghanem was found dead in the Danube River in Vienna. (Reuters, AP)
- Libya: The ruling NTC indicated the interim government will remain in power until the June elections. (Reuters)
- Mali: AQIM offered to free Stephen Malcolm if cleric Abu Qatada is allowed to choose his extradition country. (BBC, Reuters)
- Uganda: US Special Forces support in the hunt for Kony was highlighted six months after Obama deployed the mission. (Washington Post, AP, WSJ, NYT, Reuters)
- Colombia: A French reporter, who is missing after a FARC attack, was reportedly struck in the arm by a bullet before his disappearance. (AP)
- Peru: A police office that was missing for three weeks after a Shining Path ambush was found alive. (AP)
- United States: John Brennan, chief counter-terrorism adviser to President Obama, said while al-Qaida has been significantly weakened, a high state of vigilance is still necessary in the air-travel industry. (UPI)
- Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry indicated 14 militants were killed and 16 others detained in the 24 hours leading up to Monday morning. (Xinhua)
- China: Escaped rights activist Chen Guangcheng is reportedly at the US embassy, but is not seeking asylum. His presence is expected to complicate upcoming Sino-American talks. (AFP)
- Japan: Before meeting with President Obama today, PM Noda indicated Japan would boost its defenses in Asia in line with the US strategy to focus on the Asia-Pacific. (UPI)
- Korea, South: The coastguard arrested nine Chinese fishermen for illegal fishing after a scuffle.(AFP)
- Nepal: A bomb exploded in a southern market killing four. (AP)
- Pakistan: A US drone strike killed three suspected militants. It was condemned this morning by Pakistan. (AP)
- Pakistan: A British aid worker was kidnapped and beheaded. (Reuters, AFP)
- Region: Italy and Germany plan to coordinate their approval of EU fiscal pacts in the coming months. (AFP)
- Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to boycott Euro 2012 if Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is kept in jail. (Guardian)
- Romania: PM designate Victor Ponta is to meet with the IMF today before announcing his cabinet tomorrow. (AP)
- Russia: Announced it was 62 percent of the way towards eliminating its chemical weapons stockpile by 2015. (RIA Novosti)
- Iran: American officials and outside analysts indicate the chance of conflict is decreasing. (NYT)
- Israel: PM Netanyahu signaled he soon might call early elections, a move that would impact the MEPP and Iran deliberations. (AP)
- Syria: Norwegian Major General Robert Mood, a chief UN negotiator, flew to the Damascus airport with the backing of UNSG Ban Ki-moon. (AFP)
- Syria: RPGs were fired at the Central Bank building in Damascus. (Reuters)
- Syria: Two suspected suicide bombers exploded near a military compound in the northwestern city of Idlib, killing at least eight people, and causing heavy damage. (AP)
- Yemen: Former president Saleh plans to temporarily leave to allow recently elected President Hadi to rule unhindered by his predecessor. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Social Gifting: Retailers are working with a Swedish company named Wrapp to have social media users gift their friends free $5-$15 gift cards to be acquired and used at retail stores. (All Things D)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01MAY)
- Global: International Worker’s Day/Labor Day/May Day celebrated.
- Asia: USNS Mercy embarks on a goodwill mission to Southeast Asia.
- Europe: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the EU – 2004.
- Canada: Operation Nunalivut 2012 ends its security and sovereignty operation in the High Arctic.
- Cuba: Anniversary of Fidel Castro declaring Cuba a socialist state – 1961.
- Kazakhstan: People’s Unity Day celebrated.
- United States: Anniversary of President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” declaration for the Iraq War – 2003.