World News in Brief: April 27

Saturday, 2019-04-27 11:08:21
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Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (April 26) apologized to the nation for the failure to protect victims from Sunday's explosions which killed 253 people and injured over 500.

* Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), returned home by train Saturday (April 27) morning after concluding his first visit to Russia, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

* US President Donald Trump met with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at White House on Friday to discuss bilateral trade and other issues.

* The rocket and mortar shelling of residential areas in Tripoli "is completely unacceptable by any measure," a UN spokesman said on Friday.

* Austrian state-owned rail operator, the Federal Railways (OeBB), has seen a record of 261 million passengers during 2018, it revealed in a press release on Friday. The increase of six percent over the previous year marks strong growth in passenger numbers of 50 million or 25 percent since 2008.

* The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019, data released Friday by the Department of Commerce showed.

* Mexico will continue to help Central American migrants, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday.

* The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it has been intensifying training for Somali national security officials to prepare them for the handover of security responsibility ahead of the AU mission's exit in 2021.

* Nepal's economy is projected to grow by 6.81 percent in the current fiscal year that concludes in mid-July, as the Himalayan country is witnessing over six percent growth rate three years in a row, Nepal's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Friday.