AFRICA: The United Arab Emirates says a “significant breakthrough” was reached between two rival Libyan leaders at talks in Abu Dhabi.
AMERICAS: The US warned of more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro’s push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis.
ASIA: India summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to demand Islamabad take action against soldiers and officers responsible for killing and mutilating two Indian soldiers.
EUROPE: The EU raised its opening demand for Britain’s Brexit bill to an upfront gross payment of up to USD 109B, which the UK rejected.
MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition suspended their participation in Russia-backed cease-fire talks, demanding the government honor an earlier agreement to halt attacks and release detainees.
TECHNOLOGY: The US National Security Agency vacuumed up more than 151 million records about Americans’ phone calls in 2016, a large but reduced number via new Congressional oversight.
Afghanistan: ISIS-claimed suicide bomb kills eight, wounds many in Kabul.
A suicide bomber rammed a car filled with explosives into an armored NATO convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing eight Afghan civilians and wounding 28 others, including three coalition soldiers.
The attack on the group of military vehicles happened next to the US embassy during the morning rush hour.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq media arm.
An Afghan affiliate of the extremist group has gathered strength in recent years and is at war with the US-backed government and the much larger Taliban insurgency.
Cases as of 29APR: 1,952 (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: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13APR: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Outbreak Terminated as of 13APR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13APR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.