World News in Brief: April 14

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis on Saturday called on all parties concerned to exercise utmost restraint amid rising tensions between Iran and Israel.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has pledged to create jobs, boost infrastructure and expand welfare programs if it wins a third term in the marathon general election, starting in less than a week.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has pledged to create jobs, boost infrastructure and expand welfare programs if it wins a third term in the marathon general election, starting in less than a week.

* Volker Türk, the UN human rights chief, has called on influential states to prevent any further worsening of the already highly delicate situation between Iran and Israel.

* Chad's presidential race officially started on Sunday with 10 contenders competing for the nation's highest office. The campaign will last for over three weeks culminating in the election of the president on May 6, with a possible second round on June 22.

* Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) confirmed that it has launched dozens of missiles and drones against Israel, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday night.

* The Israeli military said on Sunday that it intercepted about 99 percent of more than 300 missiles and drones Iran launched late Saturday in its first direct attack against Israel.

* Israel has an opportunity to form a strategic alliance against Iran after its mass drone and missile attack was jointly repelled, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on Sunday.

* Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that Iran, at this moment, no longer sought to continue its retaliatory military operation against Israel.

* President Joe Biden has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not participate in any Israeli counter-offensive against Iran, a White House official said on Sunday.

* Italy, which holds the rotating presidency of the G7, has called a video meeting of G7 leaders to start at 1400 GMT on Sunday to discuss Iran's attack on Israel, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's office said.

* Iran's foreign ministry summoned on Sunday the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany to question what it referred to as their "irresponsible stance" regarding Tehran's retaliatory strikes on Israel, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported.

* EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Sunday called for an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on Tuesday to discuss Iran's attacks against Israel.

* Russia said on Sunday it was extremely concerned by Iranian strikes on Israel and called on all parties to exercise restraint but said tensions would remain high until the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was resolved.

* Turkey does not want further escalation of tension in the region after Iran's drone and missile attack against Israel, Turkish foreign minister Hakan Fidan told his Iranian counterpart in a phone call on Sunday.

* Jordan's Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh said on Sunday any escalation in the region would lead to "dangerous paths" and said that there was a need to reduce escalation by all parties.

* Major airlines across the Middle East announced they would resume operations in the region after cancelling or rerouting some flights as Iran launched dozens of drones and missiles at Israel through Saturday night into Sunday.

* The Russian air defense forces have neutralized more than 30,000 Ukrainian aerial weapons since the onset of Russia's special military operation against Ukraine, a senior Russian general announced on Sunday.

* Thousands of demonstrators marched in the streets of Niger's capital of Niamey on Saturday, calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, following the government's decision to terminate a military agreement with the United States.

* Kenya and the World Bank have unveiled a guidebook in order to boost the participation of local enterprises in carbon markets.

* Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip has killed at least 33,729 Palestinians and wounded 76,371 since Oct. 7, the Palestinian enclave's health ministry said on Sunday.

* Egypt imposed on Sunday a state of emergency in the Gulf of Aqaba region in anticipation of any leaks from a stranded gas ship, the head of Egypt's Environmental Affairs Agency Ali Abu Senna said.

* The governor of Russia's Kurgan region on Sunday urged people to evacuate flooded areas immediately, saying rain was exacerbating the already tough situation there and the coming night would be difficult.

* At least 30 people were killed and several others injured in rain-related incidents in the last 48 hours in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Sunday.

* Thirty-three people have lost their lives and 27 others sustained injuries as heavy rain, snowfall and flash floods swept through parts of Afghanistan over the past three days, spokesman for the national disaster authority Mullah Janan Saeq said Sunday.

* Eighteen people were killed, two injured and two others missing after landslides struck South Sulawesi province in central Indonesia on Saturday night, an official of the local disaster agency said on Sunday.

* At least 12 people were killed and more than 50 are still missing after heavy rain caused a ravine to collapse onto a river in southwest Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official and a civil society leader said on Sunday.