Mali: The Sahel-region Al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for last weekend’s attack on UN peacekeepers in Timbuktu. (AFP)
Nigeria: 27 people died in gang-related violence in the northern Zamfara state by alleged cattle rustlers. (AFP)
Zimbabwe: A parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on May 9 over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars. (AFP)
Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Havana to meet with Cuba’s new president and ratify his regimes ties with one of its few remaining allies. (AFP)
Nicaragua: The government of Nicaragua accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector to discuss a new set of social security measures, which have led to widespread protests. (EFE)
Peru: Ex-president Alberto Fujimori, just four months out of prison under a controversial pardon, was in court facing charges linked to the killing of seven farmers in 1992. (AFP)
Uruguay: The government rejected a request by the United States to expel Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. (AP)
China: Naval forces have passed through waters south of Taiwan and carried out military exercises in the western Pacific, drills that Taiwan has criticized as “intimidation”. (Reuters)
Indonesia: Police say fishermen have rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar aboard boats stranded off Aceh province. (AP)
Kyrgyzstan: Former Chief of Staff in the President’s Office, Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev, was named the new prime minister by parliament. (Xinhua)
Malaysia: A relative of a senior official in the Gaza branch of the Islamic Jihad group was fatally shot by two assailants on a motorbike in Kuala Lumpur. (AP)
Region: Greece will lease two state-of-the-art French warships, the defense ministry said, as Athens seeks to bolster its defenses in the Aegean Sea amid growing tensions with Turkey. (AFP)
Armenia: Newly elected prime minister and ex-president Serzh Sarkisian sought a “political dialogue” with protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as mass rallies against his rule entered their ninth day. (AFP)
Sweden: The UN Security Council is meeting in a secluded farmhouse on the southern tip of Sweden in a bid to overcome deep divisions over how to end the war in Syria. (AFP)
Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of the multinational nuclear deal. (Reuters)
Syria: Rebels were expected to leave a new area outside Damascus, after a new deal was reached between opposition fighters and the Russia-backed regime. (AFP)
Yemen: A Red Cross employee was killed in the contested southern city of Taez by an unidentified shooter, an ICRC spokesman said. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Kaspersky Lab says it has been banned from running advertisements on Twitter amid claims the Russian cybersecurity company has ties to Russia’s intelligence agencies. (RFE-RL)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
Suspected Casesas of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
Suspected Cases(01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
Confirmed Casesas of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
Confirmed Cases(01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
Deathsas of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
Deaths(01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
Casesas of 20JAN: 2,123 (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)
Deathsas of 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)