World News in Brief: April 28

Sunday, 2019-04-28 15:12:35
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Rescuers were moving in to help people trapped by rapidly rising floodwater in the northern Mozambique city of Pemba on Sunday (April 28), home to 200,000 people, a United Nations spokesman said, as Cyclone Kenneth dumped more rain on the region.

* Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, trailing in opinion polls ahead of a May 18 election, on Sunday campaigned on the hot-button issue of immigration, promising to cut annual migrant numbers and freeze the country's refugee intake.

* US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday (April 27) confirmed a joint desire to eliminate oil imports from Iran, US Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty said in a call with reporters.

* Sudan's military rulers and an opposition coalition have agreed in principle on the formation of a joint transitional council, but not on the share of seats, two sources said on Saturday.

* Unknown airstrikes attacked a residential area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli late Saturday, killing two people and injuring 10 others, according to military and medical sources.

* At least six Yemenis, including three children, were killed on Saturday in a bombardment that targeted their vehicle in the southern province of al-Dhalea, a security official told Xinhua.

* Israel's army said on Saturday it had concluded its participation in a multinational military exercise in Germany, marking the first time the Israeli military sent forces for training on foreign land.

* Over 100 suspects have been arrested since last Sunday's explosions which targeted churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 250 people and injuring over 500, police said on Saturday. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena banned the National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and another radical group suspected to be behind the Easter Sunday explosions.

* Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday denied that it had requested the United States and Saudi Arabia to negotiate over disputed issues.

* As many as 16,700 Syrian refugees have so far left Jordan and returned to Syria, a war monitor reported on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that those refugees returned home voluntarily.

* The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Saturday dismissed reports that extremist group of al-Shabab has recaptured the recently liberated town of Sabiid in the southern region.

* Seven Taliban fighters including a mine maker were confirmed dead as fighting aircraft targeted Taliban hideouts in Andar and Gero districts of the restive Ghazni province on Saturday, provincial government spokesman Aref Nuri said Sunday.

* At least 10 people were killed and 26 others injured, some of them critically, after a bus carrying them fell into a 200-feet gorge in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, police said Sunday.

* An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck Japan's northernmost Hokkaido Prefecture on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Xinhua,Reuters