World News in Brief: April 26

Friday, 2019-04-26 14:06:45
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Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will pay an official visit to Cambodia from April 29 to May 1, said a Cambodian foreign ministry's statement on Friday (April 26). It will be Aung San Suu Kyi's first visit to Cambodia since she took office in 2016.

* Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday filed his nomination papers from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh where he had comfortably won in last general elections held in 2014.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the no-deal Brexit to be avoided "by all means" on Thursday, in a joint press briefing with European Union (EU) leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk in Brussels.

* The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) needs security guarantees to denuclearize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday after meeting with DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un.

* Former US Vice President Joe Biden formally announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential elections in an online video on Thursday morning.

* US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (April 25) he would soon host Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the White House, setting the stage for a possible agreement on trade between the world's two largest economies.

* French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he wants constitutional reform to come back to the parliament this summer, in response to months of Yellow Vest protests.

* At the second trilateral consultation on Afghanistan held in Moscow, representatives of China, Russia and the United States on Thursday reached consensuses on various aspects of the Afghanistan issue including sovereignty, internal dialogue, terrorism, military withdrawals and smuggling.

* The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched Thursday a joint project to prevent acts of nuclear terrorism through the promotion of the universal ratification and effective implementation of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT).

* The British and Irish governments will on Friday announce a resumption of talks to restore devolved regional government in Northern Ireland after a hiatus in dialogue of more than a year, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported.

* The European Union (EU) and Japan on Thursday reiterated their "joint support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)", commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, despite mounting pressure from the US on the Islamic republic.

* Sri Lanka on Thursday revised the death toll from multiple terror attacks on Sunday to around 253 from 359, Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said on Thursday. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday that terrorists who carried out the Easter blasts have a link to drug trade.

* A Taliban key commander, Mullah Abdul Rahman, was killed as fighting aircraft targeted Taliban hideout in Shahjoy district of Afghanistan's southern Zabul province on Thursday, Gul Islam Sayal, the provincial governor's spokesman said.

* The United Nations on Thursday evacuated more than 350 migrants from a detention centre in southern Tripoli where a fierce battle raged as fighters from rival Libyan camps traded rockets and artillery shells.

* Rising waters are leading to further evacuations in central Canada, with the mayor of the country's capital Ottawa declaring a state of emergency, and Quebec authorities warning that a hydroelectric dam was at risk of breaking.

* More than 70 people have been killed in South Africa after torrential rains along the eastern coast, officials said on Thursday, and rescuers were still recovering bodies.