World News in Brief: April 22

Monday, 2019-04-22 10:42:51
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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.

* A total of 254 people have been killed and 1,228 others injured in the fighting between the UN-backed Libyan government and the east-based army in and around the capital Tripoli so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on April 21.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone on Saturday with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani over the trapped peace talks between Afghan leaders and the Taliban, the US State Department said on April 21.

* Egyptians voted on April 21 for a second day on whether to back constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The three-day referendum was called last week, a day after Egypt's 596-member parliament endorsed the draft amendments by 531 to 22.

* China had built a team of nearly 3.61 million medical doctors as of the end of 2018, sustaining the world's largest healthcare system, said Ma Xiaowei, head of the National Health Commission (NHC), on April 21.

* Arab foreign ministers said on April 21 that their states will not accept any deal related to the Palestinian cause that does not conform with the international references.

* The 16th Arab Media Forum kicked off on April 21 at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait City, capital of Kuwait. The two-day forum will discuss several topics including humanization of media, the reality and future of the Arab's media, the skill of dealing with social media and the language of dialogue.

* Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on April 21 for talks with the Iranian officials to boost ties, official IRNA news agency reported.

* Sudanese protest leaders on April 21 vowed to escalate demonstrations to confront the country's military rulers, as part of a widening campaign to push for the transfer of power to civilians.

* Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack at the communications ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed seven people, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said on April 21.

* Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on April 21 a joint initiative to offer US$300 billion in aid to Sudan.

Xinhua, Reuters