World News in Brief: April 25

Thursday, 2019-04-25 12:46:27
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A minor explosion was reported from a garbage dump in Pugoda, in the eastern outskirts of Sri Lankan capital Colombo on April 25, police said. The explosion occurred at around 9:00 a.m. local time and police have cordoned off the area to conduct investigations.

* The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday (April 24) welcomed the statement by Ukraine's newly-elected president Volodymyr Zelensky on the continuation of the Minsk process.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj denied calling for ceasefire between the government and the east-based army, as both parties continue fighting for control over the capital Tripoli, the government spokesperson said Wednesday.

* A total of 59 candidates in Ireland who are going to compete for the seats in the European Parliament as well as the seats in the local councils or governments were allowed to kick off their campaigns starting on Wednesday, local media said.

* The US Department of the Treasury said Wednesday that it slapped sanctions on two individuals and three entities that are allegedly acting as conduits for sanctions evasion schemes for Hezbollah.

* Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Wednesday said three members of the council's political committee have turned in their resignations. The TMC is tasked with running the country's affairs following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

* People in Scotland should be given the chance before 2021 to vote for independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a major speech Wednesday.

* A total of 272 people have been killed and 1,282 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 Wednesday.

* The death toll from severe storms in South Africa has risen to 51, authorities said on Wednesday.

* Eleven workers were killed and two others were seriously injured after an elevator collapsed at a construction site in north China's Hebei Province on April 25 morning, local authorities said.