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AFRICA: An Egyptian appeals court rejected a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist President Morsi.
AMERICAS: The AP reported that draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the US government secretly funded were overtly political, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.
ASIA: In Pakistan, a bomb blast in an Islamabad market killed at least 20 people.
EUROPE: Italian Interior Minister Alfano said the country has rescued 4,000 immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean by boats to reach its shores in the past two days.
MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered his ministers to limit contact and cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts.
TECHNOLOGY: Researchers with Google and security firm Codenomicon discovered a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” in widely used Web encryption technology that makes data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers.
Ukraine: EU moves to reduce cooperation with Russia over Ukraine expansion.
The country’s Security Service said that 56 people held inside an agency’s local headquarters in Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists were allowed to leave the premises.
Veteran Russian rights activist Sergei Kovalyov called on Europe to prevent Moscow’s “expansion” into Ukraine.
German Chancellor Merkel suggested that Russia is not doing enough to defuse tensions in Ukraine, and called for an international monitoring mission to be strengthened.
President of the EC Herman van Rompuy said the EU must rethink the EU-Russia relationship after Crimea.
NATO SG Rasmussen said that NATO “must prepare a readiness action plan” in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Burundi: The UNSC expressed concern over ongoing tensions in the country as it prepares for 2015 elections. (AFP)
Egypt: An appeals court rejected a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist President Morsi. (AFP)
Guinea: The UN World Health Organization said the number of people believed to have been killed by the Ebola virus in the country has passed 100. (BBC)
Nigeria: The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) umbrella group of Muslim organisations accused the country’s military of executing Muslims in the name of counter-terrorism. (AFP)
Sudan: The government expelled Pamela DeLargy, the head of the UN’s Population Fund in the country, and accused her of interfering in domestic affairs. (AFP)
Region: The AP reported that draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the US government secretly funded were overtly political, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose. (AP)
Colombia: President Santos condemned the killing of three policemen in an ambush blamed on members of the FARC. (Xinhua)
United States: The Navy said it continued to examine options for a system to help Northrop Grumman Corp’s new MQ-4 Triton high-altitude unmanned spy plane detect and avoid other aircraft. (Reuters)
United States: US banking regulators ordered the eight largest “too big to fail” banks to raise capital levels in a bid to address weaknesses seen in the 2008 financial crisis. (AFP)
Burma: The government pledged to protect international aid groups targeted by Buddhist mobs in Rakhine state after criticism from foreign governments and the UN. (AFP)
China: The Defense Ministry expressed anger after the US House of Representatives agreed to authorize the sale to Taiwan of four second-hand US warships. (Reuters)
India: Maoist rebels killed three soldiers guarding polling officials in the center of the country. (AFP)
Indonesia: The main opposition party took an early lead in parliamentary elections expected to bolster the presidential ambitions of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo. (AFP)
Pakistan: A bomb blast in an Islamabad market killed at least 20 people. (AFP)
Greece: Unions launched an anti-austerity general strike that has halted train and island ferry services while disrupting state hospitals and other public services. (AP)
Italy: Interior Minister Alfano said the country has rescued 4,000 immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean by boats to reach its shores in the past two days. (AFP)
Spain: Catalonia President Mas said he would go ahead with his region’s plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition. (Reuters)
United Kingdom: The British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, resigned her cabinet post following accusations of misappropriation of funds. (AFP)
Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered his ministers to limit contact and cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts. (AFP)
Iran: Negotiators from the government and six world powers struggled to narrow “significant gaps” in talks. (Reuters)
Iraq: A wave of car bombings in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens. (AP)
Syria: The Red Crescent and the UN refugee agency delivered aid to rebel-held areas of Aleppo city for the first time in 10 months. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: Researchers with Google and security firm Codenomicon discovered a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” in widely used Web encryption technology that makes data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Peipah)
Location: 643 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
Movement: NW at 6 mph
Winds: 35 mph
Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
Location: 413 NM NE of Cairns, Australia
Movement: W at 10 mph
Winds: 92 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10APR)
Global: G20 members meet in Washington, DC to discuss structural reforms to boost global growth
Mongolia: US Defense Secretary Hagel visits the country
Russia: PACE Monitoring Committee to consider a report on the country’s powers
Taiwan: Protesters of the China trade pact to leave the legislative chamber
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