Region: Senegal and Gambia prepared to begin bilateral talks aimed at ending a three-month border blockade that has created shortages of essential daily items for both countries. (AFP)
Region: The UN reported that the Congolese army recruited and supplied arms to an Ugandan Islamist group responsible for killing hundreds of civilians. (Reuters)
Nigeria: International talks ended with participants agreeing that a “global approach” comprising hard and soft power is needed to counter Boko Haram. (AFP)
Region: Guatemala accused the Belizean army of using excessive force to arrest a Guatemalan national accused of illegal gold mining. (BBC)
Colombia: The leader of the FARC rebel group invited the country’s former president, Alvaro Uribe, for a personal meeting to bolster peace talks. (Reuters)
Dominican Republic: The country prepared for presidential, legislative, and municipal elections. (EFE)
Australia: Police filed criminal charges against five men who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. (Reuters)
China: 32 Taiwanese citizens charged with telecommunications fraud and deported from Malaysia to mainland China in APR16 have confessed to their crimes. (Xinhua)
Japan: Protesters demanded the closure of all US military bases on Okinawa island. (Xinhua)
Macedonia: The Health Ministry announced that medicinal marijuana will be available in pharmacies across the country by the end of this month. (Xinhua)
Spain: Residents of Sesena were allowed to return home after being displaced for more than 30 hours by toxic smoke from a fire in a tire dump. (AP)
Egypt: 152 people were sentenced to prison terms of between two and five years for their participation in last month’s protests against the government’s decision to sell islands to Saudi Arabia. (NYT)
Syria: The Islamic State briefly overran the Al-Assad hospital complex in Deir al-Zour, killing 35 pro-government fighters and taking medical staff hostage. (Reuters)
Syria: In response to advances by both government and opposition forces, the Islamic State declared a state of emergency in its self-declared capital city, Raqqa. (Independent)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced that the federal government will soon adopt a policy of scanning prospective employees’ social media posts as part of the security clearance process. (WSJ)
Cyclones: Nothing to Report
Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
Volcanoes: Pavlof, Alaska, US
Summary: Available observations indicate that the volcano is not presently erupting, but seismic activity is above background levels and the volcano remains in a restless state and may begin erupting with little or no warning.
Suspected Cases as of 13MAY: 78,214 (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, Panamá, 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: 8,396
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 05MAY: 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 05MAY: 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 05MAY: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.