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AFRICA: The US said it has received intelligence of a “specific terrorist threat” against churches and other places of worship in Uganda’s capital.
AMERICAS: Colombian authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Santos’ email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the FARC.
ASIA: Filipino police said they seized a Chinese fishing vessel and detained its 11 crew members in South China Sea waters claimed by both countries.
EUROPE: Ukraine’s central bank said it had received an initial slice of aid worth USD3.19 billion from the IMF.
MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of Syrian rebels began evacuating the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal struck last week with government forces.
TECHNOLOGY: Russian President Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government.
Thailand: Constitutional Court orders PM Shinawatra to step down.
The Constitutional Court ordered PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case.
The case centered on accusations of improperly transferring her national security chief appointed by the opposition-led administration in 2011.
The ruling also ousted nine cabinet members who the court said were complicit in the transfer.
Shinawatra supporters said they would hold a major rally Saturday.
The cabinet appointed Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan to act as caretaker Prime Minister.
Region: The UN said that warlord Joseph Kony and some of the LRA commanders are hiding in Sudanese-controlled areas of a disputed enclave in South Sudan bordering the Central African Republic and Sudan. (Reuters)
Region: Regional negotiators said that South Sudan’s president and rebel chief will meet for direct talks on 09MAY in Ethiopia. (AFP)
Niger: Authorities arrrested fourteen suspected members of the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram after an attack on an army patrol in the eastern region of Diffa. (Reuters)
South Africa: Polls opened in general elections expected to keep the ruling African National Congress in power. (WSJ)
Uganda: The US said it has received intelligence of a “specific terrorist threat” against churches and other places of worship in the capital. (Reuters)
Bolivia: Non-commissioned officers called off their two-week-old protests to make way for negotiations with the military leadership. (Xinhua)
Colombia: Authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Santos’ email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the FARC. (AP)
Panama: US VP Biden pledged to work with incoming President Varela to advance shared goals (Xinhua)
Venezuela: Authorities arrested two National Guards over the death of a student in anti-government protests. (AFP)
Region: Filipino police said they had seized a Chinese fishing vessel and detained its 11 crew members in South China Sea waters claimed by both countries. (AFP)
Region: Vietnamese navy and coast guard vessels are trying to prevent a Chinese oil rig from establishing a fixed position in a disputed part of the South China Sea. (AP)
China: President Xi Jinping met with Taiwanese politician James Soong in Beijing in the latest step in incrementally improving ties. (AFP)
Pakistan: The government demanded more security to its mission and diplomats in India in the wake of threat letters. (Xinhua)
Philippines: Twenty-three people were injured when fire and a series of explosions struck an army munitions depot near the country’s financial district. (AFP)
Russia: FM Lavrov accused Europe of ignoring the rise of “fascism” in Ukraine and demanded a full investigation into the death of dozens of pro-Kremlin activists in Odessa violence last week. (AFP)
Turkey: The country decided to place a firm order with US aerospace company Lockheed Martin for two F-35 fighter jets. (AFP)
Ukraine: The central bank said it had received an initial slice of aid worth USD3.19 billion from the IMF. (AFP)
Iran: President Rouhani vetoed a plan to ban WhatsApp, following a row over censorship of the popular messaging application. (AFP)
Iraq: At least nine people were killed and 51 others wounded in overnight shelling and a suicide bomb attack in Anbar. (Xinhua)
Syria: Hundreds rebels began evacuating the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal struck last week with government forces. (AP)
Yemen: Gunmen launched two attacks on the export pipeline linking Yemen’s eastern oil fields to the Red Sea, sparking a fire and halting oil flow. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: President Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government. (NYT)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
Locaton: S of Manzanillo, Mexico
Movement: NE at 1 mph
Earthquakes: 96km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
Depth: 1.0 km
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 142 (Guinea, Liberia)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAY)
Nothing to report
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