AFRICA: France said it was ready to help Libya’s new unity government with maritime security.
AMERICAS: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos named a new cabinet to strengthen his government as peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels enter their final phase.
ASIA: France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a USD 40B deal to build a fleet of 12 new submarines for Australia, one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts.
EUROPE: The chances of reaching agreement over an ambitious US-EU free trade deal are “fading”, France’s minister of state for foreign trade Matthias Fekl said.
MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr answered his call to demonstrate in Baghdad to pressure the Iraqi government to carry out stalled reforms.
TECHNOLOGY: Some terrorist financiers blacklisted by the US government continue to raise money and attract followers on US-based social media.
Ukraine: Chernobyl disaster remembered as it continues to pose challenges.
Ukraine commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident that sent radiation spewing across Europe.
The meltdown at the plant remains the worst nuclear disaster in history.
Total Chernobyl casualty figures remain a subject of fierce dispute, due to the deferred health impact of irradiation, as cancer usually sets in slowly.
The anniversary has garnered extra attention due to the imminent completion of a giant USD 1.7B steel-clad arch that will enclose the stricken reactor site and prevent further leaks for the next 100 years.
Chernobyl will continue to pose a financial challenge for Ukraine, as international donors say it will be years before the Kiev government can take on the larger share of the burden with battles against Russian-backed separatists and a reeling economy.
Suspected Cases as of 22APR: 51,783 (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, Panama, 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: 2,475
Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
Cases as of 22APR: 1,724 (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 22APR: 623 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21APR: 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 21APR: 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 21APR: United States of America, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and Portugal.