AFRICA: Egyptian police fired tear gas at protesters outside a Cairo court as several thousand people rallied in Egyptian cities to mark the founding of a key activist group opposed to President Morsi.
AMERICAS: Venezuelan acting president Maduro accused former US officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich of plotting to kill him to prevent his victory in next week’s presidential elections.
ASIA: Police in Nepal arrested protesters for attacking a media vehicle and threatening people as transportation across the country was blocked by groups opposing elections.
EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Turkey to discuss Syria’s civil war and the Middle East peace process.
MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaida’s leader urged Muslims in Arab Spring countries to unite and institute an Islamic state.
TECHNOLOGY: Several of Israel’s government websites were hit by cyberattacks, but most of the targeted sites appeared unaffected.
Korean Peninsula: International pressure on DPRK rises as US works to reduce tensions
China said it had asked the DPRK to ensure the safety of its diplomats after a warning that missions should consider evacuating, and that it would not tolerate “troublemaking” on its doorstep.
Nine factories suspended production in the DPRK’s industrial park after five days of being cut off from their supply of materials and food.
Japan will order its armed forces to shoot down any DPRK missile headed towards its territory.
The ROK said its top military officer has put off a plan to visit Washington due to current tension with the DPRK.
A senior US defense official said the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for next week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California amid mounting tensions with the DPRK.
Global: IAEA International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems will begin in the Hague (to 12APR).
Global: Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Ottawa (to 19APR).
China: US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats will visit Beijing for bilateral consultations with Chinese officials and to deliver the keynote address at the US-China Internet Industry Forum (to 09APR).
The Netherlands: Russian President Putin visits with PM Rutte and the countries’ business captains.
Nigeria: At least 400 citizens of Niger Republic will stage a protest in Lagos to distance themselves from accusations of terrorism.
Senegal: French Economy and Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici will visit Dakar for the finance ministers meeting of the Franc zone.
South Africa: Clean Technology World Africa 2013, a conference dedicated to the latest clean technology market opportunities, will begin in Johannesburg (to 11APR).