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AFRICA: The UN and aid groups are seeking USD272 million to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic.
AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
ASIA: The US State Department said China and the US have held “productive” talks on North Korea.
EUROPE: EU sources said the EU and Switzerland are close to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration curbs.
MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition fighters have been supplied with US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands.
TECHNOLOGY: Major US wireless carriers and smartphone makers agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen.
Ukraine: Tensions in pro-Russian east rise ahead of talks.
A Ukrainian army formation in the eastern city of Kramatorsk reportedly defected to join pro-Russian separatists.
Russian President Putin warned German Chancellor Merkel that Ukraine was on the verge of civil war.
20 pro-Russian protesters armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the mayor’s office in Donetsk.
The security service said it had intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the east had issued pro-Kremlin militants “shoot-to-kill” orders.
Ukraine’s said that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers “hostage” in the eastern region of Lugansk.
Region: Djibouti transferred 267 Eritrean military deserters to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). (Xinhua)
Burundi: The government demanded that the UN provide evidence or apologize after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters. (AFP)
Central African Republic: The UN and aid groups are seeking USD272 million to aid people fleeing the conflict in the country. (AP)
Colombia: Police seized 2,877 kilos of liquid cocaine discovered in the Caribbean port of Cartagena. (EFE)
Mexico: The mayor of Apatzingan was arrested on suspicion of pressuring town councilors to pay off drug lords. (AFP)
Mexico: President Nieto opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. (Xinhua)
United States: New York police said that they had disbanded a controversial unit that sent undercover officers to spy on local Muslims. (CNN)
Afghanistan: A prominent Taliban figure who recently launched a peace overture with the government has disappeared in the United Arab Emirates. (WSJ)
China: The US State Department said the government and the US have held “productive” talks on North Korea. (Reuters)
Korea, South: At least two people were dead and 300 missing after a ferry carrying 459 people sank off the coast. (Reuters)
Philippines: The government said it was confident a peace deal with the MILF rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes. (AFP)
Region: EU sources said the EU and Switzerland are close to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration curbs. (AFP)
Croatia: The Supreme Court approved the extradition to Germany of a former Yugoslav spy chief wanted for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil. (AFP)
Cyprus: Foreign Minister Kasoulides said economic sanctions by Europe against Russia “would destroy Cyprus’s economy”. (AFP)
Iran: Defense Minister Dehghan said Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing nuclear talks with world powers. (AP)
Iraq: Two suicide bombers blew up vehicles outside a government compound in Ramadi killing at least five. (AFP)
Palestinian Territories: An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five. (AFP)
Syria: Activists reported that airstrikes killed at least four people in the town of Zabadani. (AP)
Syria: Opposition fighters have been supplied with US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. (WP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Major US wireless carriers and smartphone makers agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17APR)
Algeria: Presidential elections
Bangladesh: Anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh – 1971
Cuba: Anniversary of Bay of Pigs failed invasion – 1961
Switzerland: Russia, US, EU and Ukraine to meet in Geneva for four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis
Syria: Syrian Arab Republic National Day / Independence from France – 1946
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