AFRICA: More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, according to the UN, becoming part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
AMERICAS: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law prohibiting municipalities and police departments from adopting “sanctuary city” policies that limit their cooperation with US federal authorities in enforcing immigration law.
ASIA: The head of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an April military raid.
EUROPE: A counter-terror operation conducted jointly by Spain and Morocco led to the arrest of two suspected extremists in the Spanish region of Catalonia and another in the Moroccan city of Tangiers.
MIDDLE EAST: Syrian FM Walid Muallem said the Syrian government would reject any UN role in monitoring the implementation of four “de-escalation” zones.
TECHNOLOGY: Facebook has taken out ads in British newspapers to raise awareness of the spread of fake news in the run up to the country’s general elections on 08JUN.
France: President-Elect Macron faces divided country
Emmanuel Macron was elected French president, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the EU.
The centrist Macron defeated Le Pen, winning 66.1% of the vote to her 33.9%, bringing relief to European leaders.
Le Pen’s loss still gave her a historic number of votes, reflecting the changing image of her once-pariah National Front party from a fringe force to a political heavyweight.
Macron faces a divided France as evidence by protests in Paris’ Place de la Republique by unions who see the pro-business centrist as a traitor for threatening blue-collar worker protections with economic reforms.
Macron, 39, who has never held elected office, will be the youngest president in the 59-year history of France’s Fifth Republic.
Region: The UN refugee agency said it had repatriated some 62,372 Somali refugees from Dadaab camp in Kenya since DEC2014. (Xinhua)
Ivory Coast: Demobilized rebel fighters seized control of main roads leading into the city of Bouake, demanding the payment of bonuses and their integration into the army and state institutions. (Reuters)
Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to London for fresh treatment for an undisclosed illness. (BBC)
South Sudan: More than 1 million children have fled the country’s civil war, according to the UN, becoming part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. (AP)
Canada: As heavy rains and rising waters continue throughout the country’s east, the nation’s military tripled the number of troops working to evacuate thousands of residents. (AFP)
United States: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law prohibiting municipalities and police departments from adopting “sanctuary city” policies that limit their cooperation with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law. (WSJ)
Venezuela: The country’s opposition said it would not attend the constitutional assembly called by President Nicolas Maduro. (EFE)
Region: Pakistan and Afghanistan started a joint survey agreed on following last week’s deadly clashes along the disputed boundary. (AP)
Afghanistan: The head of the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, was killed in an April military raid. (BBC)
Indonesia: The government ordered the dissolution of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, a hard-line Islamic group behind massive blasphemy protests in Jakarta. (AP)
Philippines: Countries across the world put the country on notice over its deadly drug war at the UN human rights council. (AFP)
Region: A counter-terror operation conducted jointly by Spain and Morocco led to the arrest of two suspected extremists in the Spanish region of Catalonia and another in the Moroccan city of Tangiers. (EFE)
Turkey: A major arms stash of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party was seized in the southeastern Sirnak Province. (Xinhua)
United Kingdom: PM Theresa May said her Conservative Party would keep its pledge to bring down net immigration to the “tens of thousands” per year if it wins an election next month. (Reuters)
Region: Iran warned Pakistan that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if Islamabad does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. (Reuters)
Region: Iran lashed back at Saudi Arabia, slamming Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s comments underscoring the deep rivalry between the Sunni and Shiite powers. (AP)
Syria: FM Walid Muallem said his country would reject any UN role in monitoring the implementation of four “de-escalation” zones. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Facebook has taken out ads in British newspapers to raise awareness of the spread of fake news in the run up to the country’s general elections on 08JUN. (Fortune)
Cyclones: Nothing to Report
Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
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.