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10.04.19  /  High  /  Algeria – Abdelkader Bensalah Appointed as the Country’s Interim President


10.04.19 Algeria Abdelkader Bensalah Appointed as the Country’s Interim President

On 9 April 2019, Algeria’s parliament voted to confirm the speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, as the country’s interim president. Bensalah will serve as president for a maximum of 90 days until officials can organize new elections. Following the announcement, thousands of protesters took to the streets against Bensalah's appointment, claiming that he represents a continuation of the regime under former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Authorities used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators; there were no reports of casualties

10.04.19  /  High  /  Venezuela – Electricity Rationing Plan to Last One Year


10.04.19 Venezuela Electricity Rationing Plan to Last One Year

On 8 April 2019, the Venezuelan government announced that its electricity rationing plan will likely last for up to one year. When President Nicolás Maduro had originally announced the plan on 31 March following two extensive blackouts, it had only been intended to last for 30 days. The rationing will involve outages that will last approximately three hours per day. The capital Caracas, and the coastal states of Vargas and Delta Amacuro, are excluded from the electricity rationing plan.

10.04.19  /  Extreme  /  India – Gunmen Opens Fire on Right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak


10.04.19 India Gunmen Opens Fire on Right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak

On 9 April 2019, unknown gunmen opened fire on a right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and his personal security officer at a hospital in the town of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir state. The security officer died at the scene, while the RSS leader later died from his injuries. Authorities have imposed a curfew in the towns of Kishtwar, Doda and Bhadarwah as a precaution.

10.04.19  /  High  /  Sudan – Protests Continue


10.04.19 Sudan Protests Continue

As of 9 April 2019, approximately 3,000 people are continuing to hold an anti-government sit-in outside Khartoum’s Defense Ministry and presidential residence for the fourth consecutive day. Preliminary reports indicate that Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service fired shots into the air and attempted to use pickup trucks to break into the sit-in area. There are also reports that military troops intervened to protect the protesters for a second day in the row. The demonstrations outside Khartoum’s government buildings have been ongoing since 6 April. According to the interior minister, at least seven people have been killed, while 15 civilians and 42 security personnel have been injured, and almost 2,500 protesters have been arrested since the demonstrations began on 6 April.

05.04.19  /  Extreme  /  Somalia – Militant Group Planning to Detonate an Explosive Device


05.04.19 Somalia Militant Group Planning to Detonate an Explosive Device

On 3 April 2019, police officials in Mogadishu warned that they had received credible information indicating that the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group is planning to detonate a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Mogadishu. Police officers have asked the public to remain on alert for a Toyota Prado SUV. Security forces foiled a similar threat on 1 April when they confiscated a large truck filled with explosives in Sabid village, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Mogadishu; the confiscated VBIED was also intended to target the capital.

04.04.19  /  Extreme  /  Morocco – Extreme Travel Alert


04.04.19 Morocco Extreme Travel Alert

On 2 April 2019, the U.S. Department of State raised its Travel Advisory Level for Morocco to a Level 2 from a Level 1, citing an increased terrorism threat. The update reads in part as follows: "Exercise increased caution in Morocco due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Morocco. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities."
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