AFRICA: Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to visit the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where China is establishing a naval logistics center that is widely seen as its first overseas military base.
AMERICAS: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay have agreed to create a working group to consolidate a bicoastal trade corridor designed to boost commerce.
ASIA: North Korea’s ruling party is preparing to bestow a new title on leader Kim Jong Un, another sign that the third heir to North Korea’s dynasty of Kims is firmly in control despite his country’s deepening international isolation.
EUROPE: Hopes of an end to the impasse between Greece and its creditors have appeared to evaporate after the International Monetary Fund threatened to pull out of a rescue bid.
MIDDLE EAST: The Pentagon has launched airstrikes and acknowledged it sent a US special operations team to Yemen to work with Arab military forces battling to push Al Qaeda militants out of cities and towns they captured during the country’s civil war.
TECHNOLOGY: A recent poll found that cybersecurity ranks second only to terrorist attacks on a list of US security fears.
Britain: Sadiq Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London.
Khan is the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose parents emigrated to Britain in the 1960s.
Sadiq Khan, who represents the Labour Party, defeated Tory Zac Goldsmith 1,310,143 votes to 994,614.
Zac Goldsmith’s campaign, along with other prominent politicians, accused Khan of being an Islamist sympathizer.
This is seen as a major bolster to the Labour Party which has struggled recently, particularly since the Scottish referendum.
Pakistanis across the world celebrated the announcement of Khan’s victory.
Pakistanis in Britain have faced backlash and suspicion since the 2005 London bombings that killed 52 people and wounded another 700.
Khan’s victory ends eight years of Conservative control over City Hall.
Central African Republic: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a recent wave of violence in Koui and Bocaranga, northwest of the country, has forced more than 10,000 people to flee their homes. (Xinhua)
Comoros: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his commitment to supporting the country’s authorities to create “a climate of confidence, conducive to peaceful, inclusive and credible elections.” (Xinhua)
Djibouti: Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to visit the Horn of Africa nation, where China is establishing a naval logistics center that is widely seen as its first overseas military base. (AP)
Kenya: The government said it will close two refugee camps, including one of the world’s biggest, due to a lack of security and economic challenges as human Rights group condemned the plan. (AP)
Region: US President Barack Obama announced measures to combat tax loopholes exploited by both US and foreign taxpayers. (The Guardian)
Region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay have agreed to create a working group to consolidate a bicoastal trade corridor designed to boost commerce. (Xinhua)
Brazil: A federal prosecutor charged 20 more politicians and businessmen related to a corruption scandal of the state oil company Petrobras, including people close to President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (Xinhua)
United States: A military plane crashed off the East Coast, but the Marine piloting it ejected ahead of time and is in stable condition. (AFP)
Afghanistan: An official says a roadside bomb killed at least four small children from the same family. (AP)
India: At least three Islamist militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in India-administered Kashmir. (DPA)
North Korea: North Korea’s ruling party is preparing to bestow a new title on leader Kim Jong Un, another clear sign that the third heir to North Korea’s dynasty of Kims is firmly in control despite his country’s deepening international isolation. (AP)
Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europe’s migrant crisis is at a “turning point” thanks to a deal with Turkey to stem the number of new arrivals which is showing its first successes. (Reuters)
Greece: Hopes of an end to the impasse between the country and its creditors have appeared to evaporate after the International Monetary Fund threatened to pull out of rescue bid. (The Guardian)
Russia: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hailed a potential breakthrough in a decades-long territorial dispute with the country, after talks with President Vladimir Putin. (AFP)
Region: The White House is dragging its feet in approving a major sale of jet fighters to Gulf states, a delay that threatens to harm Washington’s relationship with them as it seeks Arab allies to fight Islamic State and curb Iran’s influence in the region. (WSJ)
Syria: A truce in the city of Aleppo has been extended for three days to “prevent the situation from worsening”, the Russian defence ministry says. (BBC)
Syria: The regime put on a patriotic celebration at the ancient city of Palmyra, with flag-waving and military music in a place where just last year jihadists carried out mass executions. (AFP)
Yemen: Video of a Tunisian employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross kidnapped pleading to be freed has been posted online, with the ICRC confirming its authenticity. (AFP)
Yemen: The Pentagon has launched airstrikes and sent a US special operations team to the south to work with Arab military forces battling to push Al Qaeda militants out of cities and towns they captured during the country’s civil war. (LAT)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: A recent poll found that cybersecurity ranks second only to terrorist attacks on a list of US security fears. (Foreign Affairs)
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Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
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 (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
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 26APR: 624 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
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.