Region: Two men suspected of being involved in a failed coup in Equatorial Guinea have been arrested in Bangui, the Central African Republic government said. (AFP)
Region: Billionaire French industrialist Vincent Bollore was charged over allegations his company helped two African leaders win elections in return for lucrative contracts. (AFP)
South Sudan: President Salva Kiir has rejected opposition calls for him to resign as part of efforts to end a civil war, accusing anti-government groups of making “unreasonable demands.” (Reuters)
Nicaragua: Dozens of students arrested last week during violent anti-government protests have been released by police, officials said. (UPI)
United States: At a Joint Session of Congress, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned call for multilateralism and U.S. engagement in the world. (WaPo)
Venezuela: Presidential candidate Henri Falcon accused incumbent Nicolas Maduro before the National Electoral Council of violating electoral rules in his campaign. (EFE)
China: Chinese aircraft flew around self-ruled Taiwan, the latest in a series of recent exercises Taiwan has described as military intimidation. (Reuters)
Japan: The last two of 10 North Koreans rescued from a tiny wooden boat drifting off the northern coast last year have been deported back to their country. (Kyodo)
Kyrgyzstan: A new government has been sworn in in parliament, and a new prosecutor general approved less than a week after the previous government was dismissed. (RFE-RL)
North Korea: An underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable, Chinese seismologists have concluded. (AFP)
Armenia: The parliament announced it will elect the country’s new prime minister on May 1, as street protests by members of the opposition continued in Yerevan. (Reuters)
Turkey: A court sentenced 14 staff of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper to prison on terrorism charges and acquitted three more, sparking global outrage. (Reuters)
United Kingdom: Lawmakers in the House of Commons will be able to amend a final Brexit bill when it is placed before parliament this fall, Brexit Secretary David Davis said. (Xinhua)
Iran: Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian university professor, has been detained in Iran by the country’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard on accusations of “infiltration.” (AP)
Kuwait: Authorities gave a one-week deadline for the Philippines ambassador to leave the country over a diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina workers. (AP)
Syria: State media is reporting that government forces have pushed into the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood of Damascus held by the Islamic State group. (AP)
Syria: Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog made a second visit to Douma, allegedly hit by a chemical attack, and collected samples from a new location. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Google ramped up privacy controls in a Gmail overhaul, aiming first at businesses that use its suite of workplace tools hosted in the internet cloud. (AFP)
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)