World News in Brief: April 2

Four suspects detained Sunday in Russia's Dagestan Republic on terrorism charges were directly involved in the attack on the Crocus City Hall concert, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday.
Fitch Ratings maintained Israel's 'A+' sovereign credit rating on Tuesday and removed the country from "rating watch negative" (RWN) but said Israel's war against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza remained a risk.
Fitch Ratings maintained Israel's 'A+' sovereign credit rating on Tuesday and removed the country from "rating watch negative" (RWN) but said Israel's war against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza remained a risk.

* Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for his third term on Tuesday in the country's new capital, the largest of the mega-projects that have signified his rule while stretching the country's finances.

* Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah urged voters on Monday to carefully select candidates who would serve as their best representatives, according to Kuwait's official news agency KUNA.

* Seven were injured after Ukrainian drone strikes on enterprises and an oil refinery in Russia's Tatarstan Republic on Tuesday.

* Belarus started military exercises on Tuesday in regions bordering Ukraine and European Union members Lithuania and Poland, the Belarusian defence ministry said.

* Germany will support Ukraine with 180,000 rounds of artillery shells as a contribution to a Czech-led plan to buy ammunition for Ukraine, with a price tag of 576 million euros ($618 million), the defence ministry said.

* Spain will recognise Palestinian statehood by July, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told journalists during a Middle East tour, according to several reports published on Tuesday in Spanish media.

* German Finance Minister Christian Lindner expects up to 9 billion euros ($9.7 billion) in additional defence spending from 2028 if the country can reduce its debt levels, he said in comments to the DPA news agency published on Tuesday.

* Iran vowed on Tuesday to take revenge on Israel for an airstrike that killed two of its top generals and five other military advisers at the Iranian embassy compound in Damascus, underlining the risk of further escalation after the unprecedented attack.

* Cyprus's president on Tuesday urged an immediate investigation into the killing of seven aid workers in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, saying the U.S.-based charity they were members of was a "crucial partner" in efforts to get aid to the enclave by sea.

* Poland's foreign minister asked the Israeli ambassador in Warsaw for "urgent explanations" after a Polish volunteer was killed while providing aid in Gaza.

* Israel must clarify the circumstances surrounding the deaths of seven people working for Spanish-American celebrity chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen in an Israeli airstrike in central Gaza, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday.

* Israeli and U.S. officials met virtually Monday to discuss a possible alternative for a potential ground operation in Rafah by the Israeli military, the White House confirmed.

* Japan on Tuesday said it will lift its suspension of funding to the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) as the relief body works to regain trust after an allegation that some of its staff were involved in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

* The United Nations is planning a mission to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City following the withdrawal of the Israeli military from the premises, said a UN spokesman on Monday.

* At least 32,916 Palestinians have been killed and 75,494 wounded in Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7, the Palestinian enclave's health ministry said on Tuesday.

* The United Nations and its partners continue to work against the odds to provide daily emergency assistance to people impacted by violence in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, said a UN spokesman on Monday.

* Youths attacked a village in eastern South Sudan and shot dead at least 12 people while 15 children are missing, officials said on Tuesday, as local conflicts continued to increase ahead of elections late this year.

* Afghan caretaker government's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has condemned the reported patrolling of U.S.-led drones over Afghanistan's airspace, according to local media Tolonews.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said that 480 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya in the past week.

* Tunisia's maritime guards on Monday rescued 50 undocumented immigrants from sinking boats after they foiled three illegal immigration attempts off the country's southeastern coast, said the Tunisian National Guard.

* Cyprus expressed deep concern on Tuesday over a spike in the number of largely Syrian irregular immigrants it said were coming from neighbouring Lebanon after more than 350 such arrivals were recorded in two days.

* Cambodia is expected to see a 6.6-percent rise in its economy in 2024 from 5.6 percent in 2023, the country's Prime Minister Hun Manet said here on Tuesday.

* New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon on Tuesday launched the government action plan for the second quarter of this year which includes easing the cost of living.

* Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Republic of Korea logged a double-digit growth in the first quarter due to robust investment in the manufacturing industry, government data showed Tuesday.

* Iran's oil exports reached $35.8 billion in the 12 months to end-March 2024, Iran's head of Customs Mohammad Rezvanifar said on Tuesday according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

* Fifteen people were killed and eight others were injured in a fire at a nightclub in central Istanbul during daytime repair work, the city mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Tuesday.