World News in Brief: April 14

Saturday, 2018-04-14 07:24:50
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The Russia-US military contacts on Syria are not enough to meet the needs of dialogue, and the two countries should use diplomatic methods rather than threats when communicating with each other, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on April 13.

* Around 93 buses with hundreds of Islam Army militants and their families onboard prepared on April 13 to evacuate Damascus' eastern Douma district, amid reports of the arrival of the chemical weapons investigators on April 14 to look into allegations of toxic gas use in Douma.

* US Vice President Mike Pence, in Lima for the Summit of the Americas, abruptly changed his schedule on April 13 night and returned to his hotel, as the US considers its response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Pence was supposed to attend the opening banquet at the summit but departed suddenly.

* Egypt is to extend its nationwide state of emergency for three months from April 14, the official gazette said early on April 14.

Egypt first imposed the current state of emergency in April 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45 people. It was extended in July and again in October then January.

* In its newest monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) raised its forecast for global oil demand growth for this year by 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.63 million bpd. Moreover, the group said

its collective output fell by 201,000 bpd to 31.96 million bpd in March from February, driven by declines in countries such as Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Libya.

* The African Union (AU) and the United Nations have reiterated their further strengthened partnership to restore peace and stability in the Central African Republic (CAR), while protecting the people of the country from criminal networks.

The statement was reached in a joint press conference on April 13 at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.