World News in Brief: April 30

Tuesday, 2019-04-30 15:10:18
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Cambodia on Tuesday (April 30) rolled out its red carpet for Myanmar's State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi on her official visit to the kingdom in order to boost bilateral ties.

* Indonesian President Joko Widodo has affirmed relocation of the capital city from Jakarta to a place outside Java in a bid to fairly distribute population, which is now mainly concentrated on the key economic island of Java, a minister said in Jakarta on Monday (April 29).

* In a speech delivered at the gathering on Tuesday to mark the centenary of the May Fourth Movement, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping urged young Chinese of the new era to establish belief in Marxism, faith in socialism with Chinese characteristics, as well as confidence in the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

* The Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance as cyclone Fani intensifies over southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 770 km southeast of southern city of Chennai, official sources said on Tuesday.

* Russian naval vessels arrived in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on Monday to participate in the Sino-Russian "Joint Sea-2019" exercise.

* Cuba and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on mutual visa exemptions, according to Cuban local media.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he hoped to reach consensus with Ukraine's President-elect Volodymir Zelensky on the issue of common citizenship for nationals of the two countries.

* Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the European signatories to the Iranian international nuclear deal should go beyond mere political supports to the accord, Tasnim news agency reported Monday.

* Russia and Turkey are jointly developing advanced aircraft and helicopter systems and armored vehicle components, Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport, part of Rostec Conglomerate, said in a statement Monday.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the United States would seek to stabilize global oil market after Washington's decision not to grant sanctions waivers for Iran oil purchase.

* Israel's permanent representative to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Monday seemed to be backtracking on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to annex West Bank settlements.

* France took note of Spain's legislative election's result, and pledged to work with the new government in a way to defend Europe's sovereignty and unity, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

* Iranian and Russian forces will stage a naval drill in the Gulf later this year, the commander of Iran's Navy was quoted as saying by Press TV on Monday.

* US President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to ratify the treaty protocol confirming North Macedonia as the 30th member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

* Iraqi security forces freed 44 Bangladeshi citizens who were held captive in Baghdad for two months, and arrested six of their abductors, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) said Monday.

* US destroyer USS. Ross conducted a joint naval exercise with Turkish vessels and aircraft in the Black Sea on Saturday, the US Navy said in a statement on Monday.

* The death toll caused by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique's northernmost Cabo Delgado province has risen to 38 and 39 others were wounded, announced the authorities on Monday.