This will include events of Sunday, April 24, 2016 through Saturday, April 30, 2016. .
Anglo-American peoples continued to face difficulties with the Syrian civil war and with North Korea. The United States presidential campaign continued. There were various events among Hispanic peoples, though nothing new reported in Brazil. There were developments among Germanic and Northeast European peoples, although these are not yet well connected to other events.
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Sunday April 24, 2016 Serbian parliamentary election, 2016 Serbians elect a new parliament under the backdrop of its accession to the European Union. Preliminary results indicate the incumbent, pro-EU populists sweeping the election. (Bloomberg) (AP via The Washington Post)
Monday April 25, 2016 A Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighter jet, taking part in a mock attack on Tarva on April 12, mistakenly opened fire on a control tower with three officers inside, who survived unharmed, according to the Norwegian military. (The Guardian)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 European migrant crisis Clashes break out between migrants and riot police at the Mòria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after a policeman reportedly hit a minor. The violence occurred as a Greek migration minister was visiting the center. Several refugees/migrants are reported injured. (BBC) (The Telegraph)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Slovak parliamentary election, 2016 Slovakia's newly-formed coalition government gains a vote of confidence as the legislature approves its program manifesto, 79-61. The ruling Direction Social Democracy party, which did not win an absolute majority in March, has joined with the three other partiesSlovak National Party, MostHíd, and Networkto total 85 of the National Council's 150 seats. (AP) (Reuters via StreetInsider.co)
Thursday April 28, 2016 The Parliament of Finland holds a debate on whether or not to abandon the Euro as its currency following a petition that garnered enough signatures to force the issue into parliament. This comes as Finland as dealing with a weakening economy but the petition is unlikely to lead to the country leaving the Eurozone. (Reuters)
Friday, April 29, 2016 According to Eurostat, the Eurozone's economy grew by 0.6% in the first three months of 2016, faster than what was originally expected, with unemployment falling to 10.2%. This growth suggest that the eurozone's economy is now bigger than it was before the start of the financial crisis of 200708. (BBC)
Friday, April 29, 2016 2016 Turøy helicopter crash Thirteen people were killed when a helicopter carrying offshore workers from Gullfaks B crash landed off the western coast of Norway. (LA Times) (VG.no, Norwegian)
Saturday April 30, 2016 According to the United States Department of Defense, an airstrike that hit a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October did not amount to a war crime because the airstrike was "unintentional" and that those involved would face suspension but not criminal charges. In response to the briefing, a president of the organization which operated the hospital described it as "an admission of an uncontrolled military operation in a densely populated urban area, during which US forces failed to follow the basic laws of war." (BBC)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Russia-United States relations Russia says it intercepted a U.S. Air Force plane approaching its border over the Baltic Sea on Friday because the aircraft had turned off its transponder which is needed for identification. The Pentagon says the U.S. RC-135 was flying a routine route in international airspace when the Russian SU-27 fighter intercepted it in an "unsafe and unprofessional" way. (Reuters)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Serbian parliamentary election, 2016 Roughly 2,000 people protest in Belgrade against alleged fraud in the country's recent election. The protesters accuse Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of manipulating the results in order to prevent the far-right Dveri party from reaching the 5-percent threshold and gaining seats in the National Assembly. A repeat vote is expected on May 4 in locations where voting irregularities have been found. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Police in Stuttgart, Germany, arrest at least 400 left-wing demonstrators after they attempted to stop a conference by the Alternative for Germany from being held. The protest grew violent when they began to throw stones and use fireworks against the police. (The Guardian)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Sweden celebrates the 70th birthday of their King Carl XVI Gustaf, whose celebration was attended by fellow European royals, including Denmark's Margrethe II, former King of Spain Juan Carlos I and former Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix. (Euronews)
Saturday April 30, 2016 At least five people are killed by floods in the U.S. state of Texas. (FOX News)
Saturday April 30, 2016 European migrant crisis According to survivors, at least 70 migrants are missing after their dinghy sank off the coast of Libya. 26 people were rescued by the Italian coast guard. (BBC) Five people are killed in a military plane crash in Sudan. (Reuters)
Monday April 25, 2016 British department store chain British Home Stores (BHS) collapses into administration after a last-minute rescue deal fails. The collapse of the retailer, which employs 11,000 people, is the biggest failure on the UK's high street since the collapse of Woolworths Group in 2008. (The Guardian)
Monday April 25, 2016 Hillsborough disaster The jury in the second inquest for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster reach their verdicts. These will be given at 11:00 BST tomorrow.(BBC)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 An inquest into the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 when 96 fans of Liverpool FC were killed finds the fans were illegally killed. (The Guardian)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull announces that French company DCNS has been awarded a $50 billion contract to build a new fleet of submarines for the Royal Australian Navy with the subs to be built in Adelaide. (ABC News Australia)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 British doctors go on strike for the first time in the history of the National Health Service. (AP)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Bradford West MP Naz Shah is suspended from the opposition Labour Party over comments she made on Facebook about Israel. (BBC)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 In the United Kingdom, the Royal College of Physicians reports e-cigarettes are "much safer" than tobacco smoking, and should be widely promoted as an option for smoking cessation. (BBC) (Daily Mail)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Refugee rights, AustraliaPapua New Guinea relations Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia and Papua New Guinea will hold emergency talks next week about asylum seekers Australia has been holding on PNG's Los Negros Island in Manus Province. Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ruled this detention is illegal, and ordered the PNG and Australian governments to immediately take steps to end it. An Iranian refugee detainee remains in critical condition after setting himself on fire yesterday to protest Australia's treatment of refugees while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was visiting the island. (BBC) (Radio New Zealand)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is suspended by the Labour Party for claiming that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. (The Daily Telegraph)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Irish general election, 2016, 2016 Irish government formation Fine Gael and Fianna Fail agree to the formation of a Fine Gael-led government. (Newstalk)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Protesters on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia, occupy the former Legislative Assembly to protest Australia's termination of the island's autonomy. In July, Norfolk Island is set to become part of the State of New South Wales. (Radio New Zealand)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Australia commemorates the one-year anniversary of the execution of the ringleaders the Bali Nine. (ABC News)
Sunday April 24, 2016 U.S. officials report President Obama will announce plans to send as many as 250 more U.S. troops to Syria to help fight ISIL militants. The troops are likely to include special operations forces and medical or intelligence support personnel, an official added. The decision is scheduled to be announced around noon tomorrow in Hanover, Germany, during the President's farewell tour of Europe. (CBS News) (Reuters)
Sunday April 24, 2016 North Korea-United States relations President Barack Obama says the United States isn't taking North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong's proposal to halt nuclear activity seriously. Pyongyang would "have to do better than that," he added. (AP)
Monday April 25, 2016 BelarusUnited States relations The top U.S. diplomat in Belarus Scott Rauland and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makey said that their countries are ready to discuss the possible return of their ambassadors. Makey told reporters in Minsk that "there is readiness from both sides for a full normalization of our relations." Belarus recalled its ambassador from Washington in 2008 after the United States imposed sanctions against Belarusian oil giant Belneftekhim following tensions between Minsk and the West. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Monday April 25, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016 The presidential campaigns of Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor of Ohio John Kasich announce they will now coordinate strategies to stop fellow Republican Donald Trump from becoming the party's nominee. Cruz's campaign will cut campaigning in Oregon and New Mexico to help Kasich, while the Kasich campaign will give Cruz a "clear path" in Indiana. (BBC)
Monday April 25, 2016 United States presidential election in Arizona, 2016 A Maricopa County, Arizona, judge rejects Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's request to throw out a court challenge prompted by major polling problems during the March primary. (KPNX) (KPNX²)
Monday April 25, 2016 American-led intervention in Syria The President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the U.S. will send an additional 250 troops to fight ISIL in Syria. (The Guardian)
Monday April 25, 2016 Shooting of Tamir Rice The U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, agrees to pay $6 million to settle a wrongful death civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice. Rice was a 12-year-old boy who was walking outside a recreation center holding an air pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer on November 22, 2014. Prosecutor Tim McGinty reported in December 2015 that an Ohio grand jury decided not to indict the police officers. (NPR) (CNN)
Monday April 25, 2016 In the United States, Gannett Company, Inc., announces that two weeks ago it made an unsolicited, $815 million takeover bid for the Tribune Publishing Company, whose holdings include a number of major newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Gannett, the publisher of the national American daily USA Today as well as 107 daily newspapers, made the offer public since Tribune had not yet responded. Last month, Tribune Publishing's winning bid for the Orange County Register was blocked by the U.S. Justice Department because of an antitrust challenge. (Reuters) (Chicago Tribune) (Orange County Register)
Monday April 25, 2016 Goldman Sachs, the American multinational investment banking firm, launches an FDIC-insured, Internet-based savings bank. The Wall Street institution, whose investment banking account minimums are in the millions, sets a minimum deposit of $1 dollar for GSBank.com. (TechCrunch) (GS Bank website)
Monday April 25, 2016 In American football, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals rules that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the Deflategate scandal. The suspension had been stayed due to a lower court ruling. (ESPN)
Monday April 25, 2016 In basketball, the Golden State Warriors, the top seed in the ongoing NBA playoffs, announce that the NBA's reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, will miss at least two weeks with a sprained MCL. (ESPN)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 RomaniaUnited States relations The United States deploys F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Romania's RoAF 86th Air Base, near the Black Sea, in a show of strength and cooperation against Russia. "The United States and Romania enjoy a very strong partnership," said Hans G. Klemm, the United States Ambassador to Romania. (Voice of America)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016 Voters in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island head to the polls to vote in Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. (Decision Desk HQ Dem) (Decision Desk HQ GOP) Donald Trump is forecast to win the Republican Party primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut based on exit polls and results. (Washington Post), (CNN) Hillary Clinton is forecast to win the Democratic Party primary in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware while Bernie Sanders wins Rhode Island. With her victory, Clinton came close to securing the number of delegates she needs to win the nomination. (NBC News), (CNN), (The Hill), (AP)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 United States presidential election, 2016, Ted Cruz presidential campaign, 2016 Texas Senator Ted Cruz names former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate. (CNN)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert is sentenced to 15 months in prison for breaking banking laws in order to make payments to cover sexual misconduct from past decades. (Wall Street Journal)
Thursday April 28, 2016 South SudanUnited States relations, South Sudanese Civil War U.S. Special Envoy to South Sudan Donald E. Booth said that the United States would consider imposing sanctions or an arms embargo on South Sudan's leaders if they fail to form and cooperate in a proposed unity government to end the country's civil war. (Al Jazeera)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Comcast's NBCUniversal acquires Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion. (CNN)
Thursday April 28, 2016 American billionaire Carl Icahn, in an interview on the cable network CNBC says he has closed his position in Apple. (AP)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Art and cultureThe American Armenian community responds with outrage after the The Wall Street Journal publishes an ad denying the Armenian Genocide. (Newsweek)
Thursday April 28, 2016 2016 NFL draft In American football, the National Football League starts its draft for the 2016 NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams choosing Jared Goff with the first pick. (USA Today)
Friday, April 29, 2016 LithuaniaUnited States relations The United States Air Force lands two of its most advanced fighter jets in Lithuania for the first time in a show of support for the Baltic states which have become worried about Russia's actions in Ukraine. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016: Republican front runner Donald Trump says he now has 1001 confirmed delegates for the Cleveland convention in June. (USA Today)
Friday, April 29, 2016 The states of Oklahoma and Nebraska, having recently suffered a loss in their frontal attack on Colorado's state-legal cannabis policy, launch another litigation strategy to the same end. (Lincoln Journal-Star).
Friday, April 29, 2016 Zika virus outbreak (2015present) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the first Zika virus related death in the United States, an elderly man in Puerto Rico. (Washington Post), (New York Times)
Monday April 25, 2016 201516 Serie A Juventus win Italy's association football championship for the fifth consecutive time. (BBC)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 November 2015 Paris attacks Belgian prosecutors hand over Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks, to French authorities. (Washington Post)
Thursday April 28, 2016 FranceRussia relations, International sanctions during the Ukrainian crisis France's National Assembly votes to adopt a non-binding resolution to lift European Union sanctions against Russia, applied after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's Republicans, as well as center-right and far-left groups voted in favor of lifting the sanctions, while the ruling Socialist Party and The Greens voted against the resolution. (Reuters)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Protests in France turn violent as protesters clash with police, injuring over 20 police officers and resulting in over 120 arrests nationwide. The protests are against a labour law being proposed in the National Assembly, saying it will reduce rights and deepen job insecurity for youth. (The Guardian)
Monday April 25, 2016 2016 Ecuador earthquake The United Nations World Food Programme announces it is stepping up assistance to Ecuadors most vulnerable areas following an earthquake that killed over 650 people. (Euronews)
Monday April 25, 2016 Mexican Drug War Mexican police come under attack in a two-hour gunfight in the city of Acapulco, killing one gunman. At the same time, a separate group of gunmen attacked a federal police base in the city. (BBC)
Monday April 25, 2016 Constitution of Venezuela Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal rules that opposition's proposed amendment to change the President's term of office from six to four years can not be applied retroactively, thereby ending this attempt to cut short President Nicolás Maduro's time in office. (BBC) (AP)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 ChileGermany relations German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier apologizes that, for decades, German diplomats failed to act on abuses at Colonia Dignidad, the secretive German enclave in Chile whose story is told in the movie Colonia. (AP)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 After many delays, Venezuela's electoral council releases petition sheets to the opposition alliance that wants to initiate a recall referendum against President Nicolás Maduro. Within three days, the petitioners need to collect about 200,000 signatures (1 percent of registered voters) before proceeding to the next step, the collection of 20 million signatures to get the referendum on the ballot. (AP) (Bloomberg)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Spanish general election, 2016 Spain's King Felipe VI announces an unprecedented, repeat parliamentary election for June 26, 2016, since none of the country's political parties has been able to form a government. The prior election, which was held on December 20, 2015, resulted in a hung parliament. Previously, Spain had been ruled via a two-party system. (AP)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who previously gave most of the country's 2.8 million state employees Fridays off through May, announces public workers will also have Wednesdays and Thursdays off for at least two weeks as an energy-saving measure. Full salaries will still be paid despite the two-day week. (Reuters)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Heavy rain pelts earthquake-hit Ecuador causing floods, mostly in the town of Alluriquin in the Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province, killing at least four people and injuring several more. About 300 people have been affected by the floods after a local river burst its banks, engulfing the town with water. (Al Jazeera)
Thursday April 28, 2016 LGBT rights in Colombia Colombia becomes the fourth state in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. (BBC)
Friday, April 29, 2016 201416 Venezuelan protests Protests erupt in various cities of Venezuela as the country faces increased food and power shortages, forcing the government to ration them, leading to widespread looting and violence. According to the opposition, who control the National Assembly, over a million people support its bid to start a referendum on ousting President Nicolás Maduro. (Al Jazeera)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Austrian presidential election, 2016 Austrians vote in the first round of electing the next president. Preliminary estimates indicate FPÖ's Norbert Hofer won the first round with 36 percent of the vote. Greens' Alexander Van der Bellen, who is supported by the Green Party, garnered 20%, and another independent, Irmgard Griss, took 18.5 percent. President Heinz Fischer was not eligible to be re-elected. Candidates representing the two leading parties, that have ruled for the past 70 years, were eliminated. Hofer and Van der Bellen will compete in the runoff election on May 22, 2016. (Bloomberg) (Election website) (Deutsche Welle), (Euro News)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 European migrant crisis The government of Austria passes a new law that restricts the right of asylum in the country and allows claimants to be rejected directly at the border, a move criticized by rights groups. Officials say they are also considering building a fence at the main border crossing with Italy at the Brenner Pass. (BBC)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office confirms German Federal Intelligence Service President Gerhard Schindler will be replaced by Bruno Kahl. Schindler has been widely criticized following the disclosure his agency spied for the U.S. National Security Agency. (BBC)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 The German cities of Augsburg and Cologne are testing a scheme of traffic lights embedded in the ground to reduce cell phone-texting pedestrian accidents with vehicles that happen when so-called "smombies" step out into the street against the signal. (The Christian Science Monitor) (Autoblog)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Belgium is to provide iodine pills to all its citizens, around 11 million people, to protect against radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident at either of Belgium's ageing nuclear power plants, the Tihange Nuclear Power Station and Doel Nuclear Power Station, according to Health Minister Maggie De Block. Germany has recently called for the Belgian government to close the nuclear power plants over safety fears. (AFP via Yahoo News!)
Sunday April 24, 2016 201516 protests in Moldova Protests continue in Moldova as thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrate in the capital Chi?inau despite concessions given to the protesters last month by the government. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 After facing mounting pressure since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Supreme Court of Crimea officially brands the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People an extremist organization and bans it. In 2015 the exiled leader of the Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev was involved in blowing up the electric power line to Crimea leaving over a million people without electricity. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Ukraine commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. (AP)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 War in Donbass Representatives of the Russian-backed Donetsk People's Republic in Eastern Ukraine say at least five civilians are killed by artillery fire at a checkpoint in the town of Olenivka, with another 10 injured. Kiev denies the accusation. A local border-guard spokesman says there was an explosion at the checkpoint but he saw no artillery fired from either side, suggesting the blast could have been a bomb. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Thursday April 28, 2016 War in Donbass The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe warns that the situation in Eastern Ukraine is worsening. Chief monitor for Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan says that "during the past weeks, the OSCE has registered the highest number of cease-fire violations in months" and warned that artillery and mortars banned under Minsk II "are being used again in increased numbers." (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Around 1,000 people stage a rare public protest in the Kazakh city of Atyrau, rallying against the government's decision to sell land in auctions amid a heavy police presence, though they did not forcibly disperse the rally. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Monday April 25, 2016 At least two people are killed and seven are injured following an explosion on a bus in Yerevan, Armenia. The cause of the blast is being investigated. (RT)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 2016 ArmenianAzerbaijani clashes According to officials from the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, one of their soldiers was killed overnight by Azerbaijani troops. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Thursday April 28, 2016 The new government of Kyrgyzstan is sworn in with Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov taking the oath of office. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The influential Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo endorses Grace Poe for president and Bongbong Marcos for vice president. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Saturday April 30, 2016 201516 Iraqi protests Iraqi officials declare a state of emergency for all of Baghdad after protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed into Iraqs parliament in the Green Zone. (The News Hub) (NBC News) (Washington Post)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Iraqi Civil War (2014present) April 2016 Baghdad bombing A car bombing in southeastern Baghdad kills at least 19 and injures nearly 50 Shi'ite pilgrims. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (AP) (Reuters)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Syrian Civil War The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that twenty air strikes have hit the northern areas of Aleppo. Bombardments by both sides have killed nearly 250 people since April 22. (Reuters)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh A Hindu man is hacked to death in Tangail district. He is alleged to have made comments against Prophet Muhammad. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attack. (Washington Post) (Reuters)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Egypt tries 237 activists, who face jail terms of up to three years, arrested for protesting without permits against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Thousands demonstrated this month following the Sisi government's decision to hand over two uninhabited islands in the Straits of Tiran to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch says at least 382 had been arrested. (Reuters)
Saturday April 30, 2016 A heatwave in India has claimed 300 lives in April with daytime cooking banned in some parts of the country to prevent fires which have claimed an additional 80 lives. (AP)
Saturday April 30, 2016 A three-storey building collapses in the Indian city of Mumbai, resulting in six deaths and trapping many others. (Times of India)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Syrian Civil War U.S. President Barack Obama rules out deploying U.S. ground troops in Syria and says military efforts alone cannot solve the country's problems. He also said he did not think that ISIL would be defeated in his last nine months of office. (BBC)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Iraqi Civil War At least 14 people have been killed in suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad. (Daily Times)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Yemeni Civil War Saudi-led air strikes kill at least ten al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in southern Yemen. (Reuters)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Yemeni and United Arab Emirates troops capture the seaport of Mukalla from al Qaeda. The Saudi Arabia led coalition claims to have killed more than 800 militants(Reuters), (Reuters)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Syrian Civil War Rockets fired by ISIL from northern Syria hit a poor neighborhood and a mosque in the Turkish city of Kilis, killing one and injuring 26. Turkish security forces responded by returning fire into Syria. (Euronews) (Reuters)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Ebru Umar, a Dutch journalist of Turkish descent, is arrested in Kusadasi, Turkey for tweets deemed critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This comes as a political storm erupted this week over reports that the Turkish consulate asked Turkish organizations in the Netherlands to forward emails and social media posts which insult Erdogan or Turkey. (The Guardian)
Sunday April 24, 2016 IsraeliPalestinian conflict Following an appeal, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi is freed from an Israeli prison. She is believed to be the youngest female Palestinian ever imprisoned. Israeli civil law, which does not allow anyone under 14 to go to jail, did not affect her imprisonment. Palestinian residents in the occupied territories are subject to military law that can sentence suspects as young as 12 to prison. (AP via ABC News)
Monday April 25, 2016 European migrant crisis Turkey says it has deported more than 3,300 foreigners suspected of links to jihadi groups, and barred another 41,000 foreigners from entering the country. (AP)
Monday April 25, 2016 KurdishTurkish conflict (2015present) Two Turkish soldiers are killed and four are wounded in an attack by Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey. (Daily Mail)
Monday April 25, 2016 The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) warns Turkey it is preparing to intensify its fight. (BBC)
Monday April 25, 2016 Syrian Civil War At least eight people are reportedly killed as a car bomb explodes at a checkpoint south of Damascus. (Xinhua)
Monday April 25, 2016 Yemeni Civil War (2015present) Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces recapture the port city of Al Mukalla from al-Qaeda militants. (BBC)
Monday April 25, 2016 Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers announces a broad-based economic reform plan, known as Vision 2030, which will help the oil-reliant state to diversify its economy over the next 14 years. (Al Jazeera)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Tens of thousands of people, mostly Shi'ites, take to the streets of Baghdad, Iraq in a protest calling for Parliament to vote on a cabinet reshuffle. The protest was called for by powerful Shi'te Muslim critic Muqtada al-Sadr. The proposed cabinet reshuffle is aimed at fighting corruption in the midst of divisions between lawmakers that have hampered the work of the government. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Yemeni Civil War Following heavy pressure from world powers, Yemen's warring factions agree on an agenda for U.N.-backed peace negotiations to continue. (Reuters)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Syrian Civil War A Syrian Government airstrike near Aleppo kills at least five members of the Syrian Civil Defense rescue organisation. Dozens of people have been killed in Aleppo over the past few days from government airstrikes and opposition bombardment. (Reuters)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Libyan Civil War The unrecognized House of Representatives, one of the rival governments based in eastern Libya, ships its first cargo of crude oil in defiance of the U.N.-backed authorities in the capital Tripoli in a move that could deepen divisions within the country. The Tripoli-based government asked the United Nations Security Council yesterday to blacklist the tanker. (The Guardian)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Taliban insurgency The Taliban's Qatar office confirms its leaders are in Pakistan to talk about Afghan refugees and the release of prisoners. The representative did not say if the delegation will discuss the peace process. (The Nation PK) (Pakistan Today)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 United Nations Security Council members are considering a draft resolution that would restore the UN mission in Western Sahara to full functionality. Last month, Morocco expelled 75 UN staffers. (AFP via GlobalPost)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Iraqi Civil War Senior Kurdish and Shi'ite Muslim leaders agree to withdraw from Tuz Khurmato, Iraq, where recent violence has killed more than 10 people. (Reuters)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 2016 Bursa bombing A suicide bomber blows herself up in the Turkish city of Bursa, injuring at least seven people. (AP via The Washington Post)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 IsraeliPalestinian conflict Israeli forces kill two Palestinian assailants at a checkpoint in the West Bank. (Reuters) 2016 Cape Verde army mutiny Cape Verdean police capture a suspect in the murder of 11 soldiers. (AFP)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Iraqi authorities ban Qatar-based satellite television network Al Jazeera from broadcasting in the country and closes its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media during the war on terror". (Reuters)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Syrian peace process United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura appeals to the United States and Russia to intervene to help revive the failing Syrian peace talks. He stressed fighting needs to decrease for the talks to work, and that won't happen "without some sort of political solution on the horizon." (AP)
Thursday April 28, 2016 IsraeliPalestinian peace process Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects a French-sponsored international conference to continue peace negotiations that have stalled since 2014 in settling the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, saying that direct talks were the only way to resolve the decades-long conflict. France wants to immediately recognize a Palestinian state without discussion over its borders or security issues. (The Guardian) (The Times of Israel)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Libyan Civil War In response to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord's plea, the United Nations Security Council blacklists the tanker shipping crude oil by the unrecognized rival House of Representatives government in eastern Libya. (The Guardian)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Syrian Civil War A wave of airstrikes on Aleppo, Syria, kill at least 61 people, including children. (FOX News) (CNN) Médecins Sans Frontières claims that victims of a strike on a hospital include 14 patients and doctors. (Washington Post) According to sources from the Turkish military, they returned fire into Syria, killing 11 ISIL militants, after its artillery near the border town of Karkamis was hit by mortars. (Reuters)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Syrian Civil War According to Russian ambassador to the United Nations Aleksi Borodavkin, the Syrian Army is preparing to launch an offensive against the ISIL strongholds of Al-Raqqah and the countryside around Deir ez-Zor and that the Russian Air Force will be providing the ground campaign with air support. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Airstrikes hit the Syrian city of Aleppo, destroying another medical facility and killing two civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Al Jazeera)
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Wednesday April 27, 2016 An Iranian asylum seeker self-immolates himself in Nauru to protest Australia's treatment of refugees. The protest coincides with a visit by representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the island. Instead of admitting refugees into the country, Australia has been sending them to Nauru or Papua New Guinea. (Radio New Zealand)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 War in Afghanistan The U.S. military warns that the Kabul Attack Network, comprised of fighters from various jihadist groups such as the Taliban and Haqqani networks, is planning attacks on people in the Parwan, Khost, Kabul, and Logar Provinces, Afghanistan, and asks for information from the Afghan public. (The Long War Journal)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Censorship in Iran Iran sentences four reformist newspaper journalists to long prison terms for so-called national security crimes. Analysts say this case indicates that President Hassan Rouhani's calls for press freedoms will likey face an unsympathetic hearing from Iran's conservative judiciary. (UPI)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Iranian legislative election, 2016 Iran goes to the polls for second round elections in constituencies where no candidate achieved 25 per cent of the vote in February's elections. (Reuters via Trust) Reformists taking 39 of the 68 seats, which Principlists won 19 seats. (euronews)
Monday April 25, 2016 Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh Xulhaz Mannan, a Bangladeshi employee of a U.S. charity (USAID), who is also an editor for the country's only LGBT magazine, and a friend are hacked to death in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by suspected Islamist militants. Guards at the building were also injured. (NBC News with Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Attacks on secularists in Bangladesh Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, claims responsibility for yesterday's murder of USAID employee and LGBT activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend, actor Tanay Majumder. (AP)
India can be connected.
Tuesday April 26, 2016 A massive fire severely damages the National Museum of Natural History in the Indian capital New Delhi. (AP via Washington Post)
Thursday April 28, 2016 India launches IRNSS-1G, the seventh and final series of satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (NAVIC) (Business Standard)
Pakistan can be connected.
Monday April 25, 2016 AfghanistanPakistan relations, Taliban insurgency Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani says Pakistan must take military action against Taliban, operating from Pakistan, who are waging an increasingly deadly insurgency across his country. Otherwise, "... we will be forced to turn to the UN Security Council and start serious diplomatic efforts. (The New York Times) (Penske Media Corporation)
Monday April 25, 2016 At least 23 people have died and dozens of others have become sick in Karor Lal Esan, central Pakistan, after eating sweets suspected of being contaminated with pesticides. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Sunday April 24, 2016 North KoreaSouth Korea relations North Korea reportedly deploys 300 new multiple launch rocket systems along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. (Yonhap)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 North Korea and weapons of mass destruction According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, North Korea appears to be preparing a test-launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile. This comes after what the United States described as the "fiery, catastrophic" failure of the first attempt a few days prior. (Reuters)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 The government of North Korea announces its ruling Workers' Party of Korea will hold a party congress on May 6, the first in nearly 40 years. (BBC)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Archaeologists in Taiwan discover 48 sets of remains unearthed in graves in Taichung. The most striking discovery among them is the 4,800-year-old skeleton of a mother looking down at a child cradled in her arms. (The Guardian)
Thursday April 28, 2016 North Korea tries and fails to launch the medium range BM25 Musudan missile. (AFP via Malay Mail)
Friday, April 29, 2016 North Korea sentences South Korea born American businessman Kim Dong Chul to ten years imprisonment for alleged spying. (Reuters via Trust)
China can be connected.
Monday April 25, 2016 The People's Republic of China urges North Korea to abide by a United Nations Security Council resolution that bans the North from conducting ballistic missile tests, two days after Pyongyang claimed it conducted a test from a submarine. (Yonhap)
Thursday April 28, 2016 North KoreaSouth Korea relations Xi Jinping, the President of the People's Republic of China, assures that China will prevent war breaking out between North Korea and South Korea. (Time)
Saturday April 30, 2016 China denies a Hong Kong port call by the U.S. Carrier Strike Group 3, which includes the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and accompanying vessels. (CNN) (AP via USA Today)
Japan can be connected.
Sunday April 24, 2016 Japanese House of Representatives by-elections, 2016: By-elections were held for two seats controlled by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (Japan Times) Hokkaido 5th district by-election, 2016: LDP candidate Yoshiaki Wada staved off the competition from independent candidate Maki Ikeda. Despite the LDP's winning margin decreasing from 14% (in 2014) to 2%, this win is seen as a boost for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the upcoming upper house election. Kyoto 3rd district by-election, 2016: The newly formed Democratic Party wrested back the seat from the LDP after their candidate and former MP for the district Kenta Izumi won by a landslide.
Tuesday April 26, 2016 Mitsubishi Motors admits that it has used fuel economy measuring methods that have not complied with Japanese government regulations for 25 years. (Reuters)
Thursday April 28, 2016 The Japanese government announces that it will start testing mileage figures of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles following recent revelations that testing data had been manipulated over a 25-year period. (Reuters)
Southeast Asian and Oceanic peoples including Mainland Southeast Asian peoples and Southeast Asian Island peoples can be connected. Thailand can be connected.
Friday, April 29, 2016 A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits off the coast of the Vanuatu island of Malakula, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) to issue a tsunami warning for the coasts of New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, which was later cancelled. (ABC News) (9 News Australia)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016. The final leg of the Philippine presidential debate series is held in Dagupan. (The Manila Bulletin)
Monday April 25, 2016 Moro conflict Abu Sayyaf militants, who threatened to kill three foreigners kidnapped in September, 2015, from a "high-end" Philippine resort, unless they were paid 900 million pesos (17 mil Euros) by midnight today (15:00 UTC), have beheaded one of the hostages, Canadian John Ridsdel. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III had ordered an all-out effort to rescue the hostages, including a Philippine woman, kidnapped by the Daesh-linked group. (Straits Times) (Journal of Turkish Weekly) (Reuters via EuroNews), (BBC)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea rules that Australia's detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island breaches the right to personal liberty under the constitution. (ABC News Australia)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill states that the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will be closed following the ruling of the Supreme Court and that he will ask the Australian Government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers detained there. (ABC News)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Moro conflict Philippine president Benigno Aquino III says that the Abu Sayyaf militants plan to kidnap his sister actress Kris Aquino and boxer Manny Pacquiao. (CBS)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Two days before the one-year anniversary of the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine, member Michael Czugaj is discovered to be in possession of drugs in prison. (SBS)
Wednesday April 27, 2016 Philippine presidential election, 2016 The Philippine peso sinks to become the "worst performing currency in Asia" as a result of a volatile and unpredictable presidential election. (Bloomberg)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Moro conflict Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines agree on joint naval patrols after an increase of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militants. (Jakarta Post)
Indonesia can be connected.
Thursday April 28, 2016 Filipino domestic helper Mary Jane Veloso commemorates the first anniversary of her being spared from the death penalty in Indonesia for allegedly smuggling controlled substances. A trial to determine her innocence is ongoing. (The Guardian)
Saturday April 30, 2016 Destruction of ivory Kenya burns 105 tonnes of elephant ivory and 1.05 tonnes of rhinoceros horn in order to call for a total ban on the ivory trade. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Saturday April 30, 2016 2016 Kenya floods Search and rescue efforts continue in Nairobi after the collapse of a building yesterday. Kenyan police have confirmed seven deaths so far. (AP via Daily Mail) The death toll from the Kenya floods including the Nairobi building collapse rises to fourteen. (Capital FM)
Saturday April 30, 2016 A mosque under refurbishment in Mogadishu, Somalia, collapses, killing at least 15 people and injuring around 40. Hundreds more are thought to be buried under the rubble. (BBC)
Sunday April 24, 2016 Equatorial Guinean presidential election, 2016 Equatorial Guinean voters go to the polls with incumbent Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expected to win as the opposition boycotts the election. (Voice of America) (Al Jazeera)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 2016 Cape Verde army mutiny Eight soldiers and three civilians are killed at a military barracks in Cape Verde. The government says it suspects a missing disgruntled soldier is responsible for the incident. (AP via Fox News) (Reuters)
Thursday April 28, 2016 Elections in Equatorial Guinea Africa's longest serving leader Teodoro Obiang, the President of Equatorial Guinea is declared the winner of the recent election with 93.7 per cent of the vote. His government has been heavily criticised by human rights group. (AP via Tulsa World)
Friday, April 29, 2016 A court in South Africa rules that the decision in 2009 to drop over 750 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational and called for a review of them. However, the court ruling does not automatically reinstate the charges against Zuma as a legal team must be set up to decide on whether to charge him or not. (Al Jazeera)
Friday, April 29, 2016 At least 13 people die in a collision between a taxi and truck in the South African city of Bloemfontein. (Eyewitness News)
Monday April 25, 2016 Burundian unrest (2015present) A senior Burundian Army general, Athanase Kararuza, an ethnic Tutsi and security advisor to Burundi Vice-President Gaston Sindimwo, is shot dead by heavily armed men in the capital Bujumbura. (AFP via Daily Mail)
Monday April 25, 2016 The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights announces that the International Criminal Court will conduct a preliminary examination of the violence in Burundi over the past year that has killed hundreds, and forced hundreds of thousands to flee abroad. (The Washington Post)
Tuesday April 26, 2016 South Sudanese Civil War Rebel leader Riek Machar arrives in the capital Juba and is immediately sworn is as Vice President upon arrival. It is hoped that this appointment will put an end to the civil war that has plagued the country since late 2013. (Al Jazeera)
Friday, April 29, 2016 Kenya flooding Heavy rain in Nairobi, Kenya, causes floods killing at least four people. (Standard Media) A six story residential building collapses in Nairobi. At least three people have died and scores are thought to be trapped. (BBC), (CNN)
American Indian peoples including Middle American Indian peoples, South American Indian peoples, and North American Indian peoples can be connected. Colombia can be connected.
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Created 25 Apr 2015 Last updated 20 May 2016