World News in Brief: April 13

Saturday, 2019-04-13 13:08:00
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on April 12 said the outlook for Asia-Pacific economic growth remains "relatively stable," but downside risks have increased, highlighting trade deceleration, higher oil prices and global financial market volatility.

* A total of nine Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed and 19 others have been wounded in a series of clashes in the southern Philippine Sulu province, the military said on April 12.

* Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will pay an official visit to China from April 13 to 15 at the invitation of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the two foreign ministers will hold the fifth high-level economic dialogue, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang announced on April 12 in Beijing.

* The Afghan Taliban militants on April 12 announced the start of their yearly rebel offensive in Afghanistan as fighting rages in the country.

* Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on April 12 that he rejects military intervention in Venezuela. He made the remark while meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which the pair made a deep analysis of the panorama of Latin America, according to a statement from the Chilean government.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on April 12, calling on the two countries to enhance practical cooperation and boost bilateral ties.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on April 12 that China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges with Hungary, consolidate political mutual trust, and push bilateral practical cooperation forward for more progress.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the southern Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik on April 12, calling on both countries to step up economic cooperation.

* The Venezuelan government set up working groups on April 12 to implement a "strategic plan" to stabilize and boost the National Electric System (SEN).

* Sixteen people were killed and 20 others injured during gatherings in Sudan's capital city Khartoum on April 11 and on April 12, Sudanese police announced on April 12.

* Chairman of Sudan's transitional military council Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on April 12 announced his resignation. On April 11, Sudan's Defense Minister Ibn Auf announced the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir and his government. He assumed the chairmanship of the transitional military council to rule the country during a period of two years.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack earlier in the day that killed at least 20 people and injured over 40 others in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta, a UN spokesman said on April 12.

* The Maldives Elections Commission on April 12 announced that the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) had won the recently concluded Parliamentary Elections by securing 65 seats in the 87-member Parliament.

* Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on April 12 a joint initiative to provide aid for flood victims in Iran, Saudi Press Agency reported.