World News in Brief: April 15

Sunday, 2018-04-15 06:34:34
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A Russian-drafted resolution, which would have condemned the military strikes on Syria carried out by the United States, France and Britain, failed to be adopted by the Security Council.

* Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia on April 14 accused the United States of violating international law by conducting airstrikes against Syria without the approval of the Security Council.

The Russian envoy described the attacks as an act of "hooliganism in the international arena."

* US President Donald Trump on April 14 talked with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May via phone over the three nations' collective strikes on Syria on April 13 (local time).

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria by phone and agreed on the need to boost bilateral efforts for political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said on April 14.

* The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un met Chinese senior diplomat Song Tao, and feted a Chinese art troupe led by Song, DPRK state media said on April 15, indicating closer ties with China following Kim's surprise visit to Beijing last month.

* The Syrian army on April 14 declared capturing the Douma district, the last rebel bastion in the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, after the evacuation of rebels and their families, according to the state news agency SANA.

Capturing Eastern Ghouta largely contributes to the security of the capital of Syria.

* Slovenian President Borut Pahor signed the decree to dissolve the National Assembly on April 14 for an early general election he set on June 3, according to the Slovenian Press Agency STA.

* Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) announced on April 14 that it will resume regular flights to and from the Lebanese capital Beirut starting from April 15.