- AFRICA: The UN Security Council renewed the MINURSO peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara for one year with a resolution that placed only mild pressure on Morocco.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, rebels bombed the No. 2 oil pipeline and sent crude spilling into the Bojaba River.
- ASIA: Japan and China announced their intention to improve political relations by promoting cooperation in various non-political fields, such as economy, environment and youth exchanges.
- EUROPE: German police arrested around 400 protesters who tried to block access to the congress of the right-wing populist AfD political party, resulting in clashes between party members and left-wing activists.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, so-called Islamic State carried out a car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims in an area near Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens.
- TECHNOLOGY: The G7 countries agreed to tackle the digital divide by bringing internet access to more people, and pushing for policies free of political censorship
- Syria: While government and rebel forces agreed to “freezes” in some areas, fighting in Aleppo continued unabated for the ninth consecutive day.
- Control of the city is divided among government, opposition and Kurdish forces.
- More than 200 people have been killed in the last nine days in airstrikes and shelling in contested neighborhoods of the city.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 20 separate air raids on Aleppo by 0600 EST.
- The International Committee for the Red Cross alleges four medical facilities were damaged in the fighting in the last 24 hours.
- Partial truces were negotiated for Damascus and Eastern Ghouta, and came into effect at 0100 local time.
- AFP, AP-1, AP-2, TASS, NYT, WSJ
- Region: The UN Security Council renewed the MINURSO peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara for one year with a resolution that placed only mild pressure on Morocco. (NYT)
- Burundi: Four people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of a senior army general, his wife and daughter earlier this week. (Xinhua)
- Mauritania: Thousands of people marched for the rights of former slaves. (AFP)
- Colombia: A rebel bombing on the country’s No. 2 oil pipeline sent crude spilling into the Bojaba River. (Reuters)
- Colombia: In the northern province of Choco, the National Health Institute recorded four times as many cases of Malaria this year as last. (AFP)
- Cuba: President Raul Castro reached a deal with the British foreign minister to restructure payment on Cuban debt that has gone unpaid and accrued interest for the last 25 years. (AFP)
- Region: Japan and China announced their intention to improve political relations by promoting cooperation in various non-political fields, such as economy, environment and youth exchanges. (Kyodo)
- China: The country denied a request for the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier to make a port call in Hong Kong after the vessel conducted operations in the South China Sea. (AP)
- Germany: Police arrested around 400 protesters who tried to block access to the congress of the right-wing populist AfD political party, resulting in clashes between party members and left-wing activists. (AFP)
- Norway: A helicopter carrying 13 people crashed on the country’s western coast, and all are presumed dead. (DPA)
- United Kingdom: Two men, one British and one Belgian, appeared in a UK court on charges of supplying money to an accomplice of the two suicide bombers who attacked Brussels Airport last month. (NYT)
- Iraq: In Iraq, so-called Islamic State carried out a car bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims in an area near Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens. (AP)
- Saudi Arabia: The Kingdom’s Interior Ministry says security forces killed two militants before they were able to detonate a car bomb in the southwestern town of Bisha. (AP)
- Yemen: The country’s warring parties began face-to-face peace talks. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The information and communication technology ministers of the G7 countries agreed to tackle the digital divide by bringing internet access to more people, and pushing for policies free of political censorship. (IANS)
- 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 29APR: 74,204 (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: 8,319
- Deaths: 12
- 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 29APR: 624 (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 (01MAY)
- Global: WHO deadline for countries to replace polio vaccines
- Algeria: Labour Day
- Brazil: Dia Mundial do Trabalho (Labor Day)
- China: Labour Day
- Germany: Parliamentarians of Russia, the US, and Germany to have an informal meeting in Berlin (to 03MAY)
- India: May Day
- Iran: South Korean President Park Geun-hye to visit Tehran for talks with President Hassan Rouhani. (to 03MAY)
- United States: Anniversary of George W. Bush declaring end of major combat operations in Iraq – 2003
- Orthodox Christianity: Orthodox Easter