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After months of civilian pro-democracy protests, the Sudanese military removed president Omar al-Bashir from office on April 11 in a bloodless coup, declaring that they would oversee a 2-year transition period. Al-Bashir had been president of the country for 30 years.

Though initially celebratory, pro-democracy groups then began to protest military rule, causing the military’s leader to voluntarily step down and appoint a more moderate officer in his stead.

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On the western Indonesian island of Sumatra in late April, at least 29 people were killed and more than 12,000 were forced from their homes during heavy flooding and landslides. The floods and landslides destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed thousands of head of livestock.

Algeria’s president since 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, stepped down on April 2 after weeks of protests against his continued rule. Parliament then appointed an interim president and set elections for July 4. At press time, Algerians continued to protest against the appointed temporary leadership, demanding they withdraw from their positions.


Weather events caused multiple fatalities in South Asia in April.

In Afghanistan, days of rain the week of April 14 caused flooding in the northern and central regions of the country, including in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 15 people.

In southern Pakistan, a dust storm on April 15 hit the city of Karachi, leaving five people dead. This was followed by heavy rains and flooding in northern Pakistan that killed an additional 39 people and injured at least 135.



In southwestern Colombia on April 21, heavy rains caused a mudslide in the town of Rosas that killed 28 people, injured five and destroyed several buildings.

Due to a worldwide increase in the number of measles infections, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that anyone who received an inactivated (killed) measles vaccine in the years 1963 through 1967 be reinoculated, since that vaccine may have been ineffective.

Anyone born before 1957 is presumed to be effectively immune, since a person born before that year was likely infected by and survived the disease.

The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise normal precautions), 2 (Exercise increased caution), 3 (Reconsider travel) or 4 (Do not travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.


An Ethiopian Airlines plane flying from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed shortly after takeoff on March 10, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Before the crash, the pilot requested a return to the airport due to unspecified mechanical problems.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was the same model as that in an October 2018 Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people. The Lion Air plane was found to have crashed due to an automated...