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World News in Brief: April 22

  Apr 22, 2019 10:42:51
Sri Lankan Police said on April 21 that 13 people had been arrested over a series of blasts which killed 228 people across the island nation. 

Ukraine kicks off 2nd round of presidential election

  Apr 21, 2019 14:46:01
Ukrainians began to cast their ballots on Sunday (April 21) in a second round of the country's presidential election between actor Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. 

World News in Brief: April 21

  Apr 21, 2019 14:45:27
Myanmar's security forces have launched a counter-attack against the insurgent group, the Arakan Army (AA), in its regional military headquarters in Rakhine state, said the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services late on April 20. 

Death toll from multiple blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 138, about 500 injured

  Apr 21, 2019 14:45:00
The death toll from the multiple blasts which shook Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21) has risen to 138, while about 500 people were injured, local media reports quoted hospital sources as saying. 

US envoy 'disappointed' by collapse of inter-Afghan peace meeting

  Apr 20, 2019 09:46:25
The US envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment on April 19 after the collapse of a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar that exposed some of the deep divisions hampering efforts to end the war. 

China-Russia trade volume up 9.8 pct in Q1

  Apr 20, 2019 09:22:16
Trade between China and Russia reached CNY164.8 billion (US$24.2 billion) in the first quarter of this year, up 9.8 percent compared with the same period last year, according to China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC). 

World News in Brief: April 20

  Apr 20, 2019 09:22:03
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on April 19 held a meeting to discuss the current economic situation, poverty alleviation work in 2018, and a regulation on CPC publicity work. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting. 

OANA Executive Board’s 44th meeting wraps up

  Apr 19, 2019 17:55:34
NDO/VNA - The 44th Executive Board Meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) with the theme of “For a professional and innovative journalism” wrapped up in Hanoi on April 19 afternoon after one day of sitting. 

Trump to visit Japan in late May

  Apr 19, 2019 14:57:52
US President Donald Trump will visit Japan as a state guest in late May, the Japanese government said on April 19. 

Russia bans oil exports to Ukraine

  Apr 19, 2019 10:36:42
Russia has banned exports of oil and some oil products to Ukraine and Ukrainian engineering products imports in response to recent import bans imposed by Kiev, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on April 18. 

World News in Brief: April 19

  Apr 19, 2019 09:53:02
India's federal government on April 18 announced suspension of trade through Line of Control (LoC) between divided Kashmir, saying the routes were being "misused", the home ministry said. 

Indonesian President Widodo declares election win based on unofficial results

  Apr 18, 2019 22:07:16
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday (April 18) declared his victory in Wednesday (April 17)'s presidential race on basis of preliminary results, while the official result is due next month. 

Towards a happy ending

  Apr 18, 2019 18:45:45
NDO - US and Japanese negotiators have just closed the first round of trade talks to address bilateral trade issues. With the initial negotiation results and visits made by leaders of the two countries in the near future, analysts hope that the trade talks will bring about a “happy ending”. 

Gunmen kill 14 passengers after hijacking bus in southwestern Pakistan - local media

  Apr 18, 2019 11:59:19
Gunmen killed 14 people after hijacking a passenger bus in southwestern Pakistan, local media said on April 18.