-An internationally brokered ceasefire in Syria is only being “partially observed”, the opposition says, as state television reported that a roadside bomb had killed an army officer.
-A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck in the Gulf of California close to the Mexican state of Baja California, according to the US Geological Survey.
-The first opportunity for North Korea to launch its controversial rocket passed uneventfully, keeping the region on tenterhooks for at least another day.
-The day after a snap election was formally set for May 6, two surveys in Greece will fuel concern among the country’s international lenders who want a future government to stick to belt-tightening policies.
-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for more support from other European leaders, urging them not to talk up Spain’s financial struggles. His remarks followed reports that Italy’s premier had blamed renewed debt market tension on Spain’s battles to cut its deficit.
-Mali’s new interim president vowed that he would not let the country be split by rebels as he was sworn today, restoring the country to civilian rule after a brief military coup.
-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has returned home after a visit to Singapore that fuelled rumours about the 88-year-old leader’s state of health.
-A Cezanne painting stolen in a raid on a Swiss museum in 2008 has been recovered in Serbia. Authorities have not named the painting, but local media have reported it is The Boy in the Red Vest, which was taken from Zurich’s Emil Buehrle Collection.
-The president of Uefa has hit out at “bandits and crooks” for the escalation of Ukrainian hotel prices ahead of the Euro 2012 football championships.Speaking in Lviv, one of the venues, Michel Platini said the rising cost of accommodation worried him, and called on the authorities to prevent it.
Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Reuters, euronews, NYT, WSJ