By TRG Alerts Admin
AFRICA: An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death and also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March.
AMERICAS: A recent poll indicated that Colombian President Juan Santos would win a second term in office, but he may have to compete against rival candidates in a runoff.
ASIA: The Philippines and the US signed an agreement to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory.
EUROPE: The Russian government held talks with Iran over USD10 billion worth of electricity deals.
MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President al-Assad registered to stand in next month’s presidential election.
TECHNOLOGY: A cyber attack on the Australian parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have given Chinese intelligence agencies access to lawmakers’ private emails for an entire year.
Ukraine: US to apply new sanctions as violence spikes in east.
US President Obama said the US would unveil new sanctions on Russia today targeting individuals, companies and hi-tech defence items.
The pro-Russian mayor of the town of Kharkiv was seriously wounded by gunmen.
Heavily armed pro-Russian gunmen seized the town hall in Kostyantynivka and set up barricades.
The German government called the seizure of European military observers by pro-Russian militants an act of “hostage taking” and called for their release.
Central African Republic: Militants killed at least 22 people, including 15 local chiefs and three local members of Medecins Sans Frontieres, in an attack on Nanga Boguila. (Reuters)
Egypt: A court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death and also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March. (AFP)
Egypt: A court banned the April 6 youth movement that spearheaded the 2011 uprising against former President Mubarak. (AFP)
Ethiopia: HRW called on the government to release six bloggers and three journalists arrested last week. (AP)
Colombia: A recent poll indicated that President Juan Santos would win a second term in office, but he may have to compete against rival candidates in a runoff. (Xinhua)
Mexico: Thousands of people gathered in Mexico City to protest a telecommunications bill that critics contend could limit freedom of expression. (EFE)
United States: President Obama ordered Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki to investigate allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments. (AP)
Region: US President Obama said the US goal was not to contain or counter China as he began his state visit to the Philippines. (AFP)
Malaysia: Police said they arrested nine people under a security law on suspicion of involvement in a terror group with overseas links. (AFP)
Pakistan: At least four children were killed and 16 others injured when a bomb went off inside a mosque in Karachi. (Xinhua)
Philippines: The country and the US signed an agreement to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory. (AFP)
Taiwan: Police used water cannons to dislodge hundreds of overnight sit-in demonstrators demanding the scrapping of a nearly completed nuclear power plant. (AFP)
Albania: Greece said that under its EU presidency it would move for the country to obtain candidate status for the EU by June. (Xinhua)
Macedonia: The ruling VMRO-DPMNE party won 42.27 percent of the votes in the parliamentary election, based on more than 50 percent of the count. (AFP)
Russia: The government held talks with Iran over USD10 billion worth of electricity deals. (WSJ)
Iran: Former president Mohammad Khatami called for the release of political prisoners and urged an end to house arrest for two leaders who alleged fraud after the 2009 election. (AFP)
Iraq: Suicide bombers attacked several polling stations and security forces killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens. (AFP)
Iraq: Six journalists were wounded when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus in Mosul. (AFP)
Israel: US Secretary Kerry told a group of senior international officials that the country risks becoming an “apartheid” state if it does not make peace soon. (AFP)
Syria: President al-Assad registered to stand in next month’s presidential election. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: A cyber attack on the Australian parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have given Chinese intelligence agencies access to lawmakers’ private emails for an entire year. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Tapah)
Location: 136 NM E of Andersen AFB
Movement: NNE at 7 mph
Winds: 58 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 142 (Guinea, Liberia)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29APR)
Europe and Japan: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to start visit to Europe (to 08MAY)
Europe and Cuba: The European Union and Cuba will hold the first round of negotiations to reach a political and cooperation accord (to 30APR)
Israel: Anniversary of Israeli independence – 1948
Jordan: New Syrian refugee camp to open
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