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At least 140 people were killed and many more were injured when massive dust storms struck the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2. Most of the deaths and injuries were caused when buildings collapsed onto occupants due to the high winds. 

The storms, which included rain and hail, caused widespread power outages and killed livestock and crops.

The country’s capital, Delhi, is just north of Uttar Pradesh and was also hit, but the storm had...


A suicide bomber detonated a bomb beside a line of people waiting to register to vote in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 22, killing at least 57 and injuring 119. Islamist militant group Daesh (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack. Voter registration for national elections opened on April 15, and, over the next week, four registration offices were attacked. Legislative elections are set to occur in October, with presidential elections to be held in 2019.

Two suicide bombers struck...


Palestinian protests that began on March 30 at the Gaza/Israel border continued past the originally scheduled end date of April 15. 

On April 20, in clashes with the Israeli military positioned at the border, four Palestinians were killed, including a 15-year-old.

On April 27, hundreds of Gazans attempted to force their way through the border fence by pulling it down or using wire cutters. In response, the Israeli military opened fire on the group, killing at least three...


Two suicide bombings occurred near a mosque in the city of Mubi in eastern Nigeria on May 1, killing at least 24 people. The first bomb was detonated in a group of worshipers arriving for afternoon prayers, while the second occurred at a nearby market as people fled the first bomb.

As of press time, no group had claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active in the area and has used suicide bombers in Mubi in the past.

On May 6, a...


Beginning on April 18 and continuing as of press time, throughout Nicaragua as many as 40 people were killed, including one police officer, and more than 100 were wounded in clashes with police while protesting proposed pension reforms. The protests were started by pensioners, who soon were joined by students and workers. During the unrest, protesters damaged government buildings, setting some on fire. 

Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, agreed to toss out the reforms on...


In the Central African Republic in early April, a UN peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA was accused of killing 21 civilians in the capital, Bangui. At least 40 others were reported injured. On April 12, Banguians laid 17 of the bodies of the deceased at the entrance to the UN headquarters to protest the killing.

According to the UN, its soldiers had engaged an armed criminal group that had been terrorizing locals. A MINUSCA spokesperson said that they had entered the neighborhood...


A man intentionally drove a rental van onto the sidewalk and into a number of people in downtown Toronto, Canada, on April 23, killing 10 and injuring 15 others. The driver was arrested without incident a few blocks from the attack.

The driver was identified as a local student who had expressed anger toward women on social media posts, including an incitement to violence before the attack.

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan resigned on April 23 after two weeks of antigovernment protests. Sarksyan, who had previously served as Armenia’s president for 10 years, was accused of manipulating the constitution in order to give more power to the prime minister before his appointment.

After his resignation, a meeting between the ruling Republican Party and opposition groups was canceled, prompting leaders of the opposition to call for continued protests, saying that...