World News in Brief: April 10

Wednesday, 2019-04-10 17:11:11
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More than 175 million children, about half of all pre-primary-age children globally, are not enrolled in pre-primary education, said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a report released on April 9.

* China and the European Union (EU) on on April 9 reiterated their shared commitment to further cementing their partnership and safeguarding free trade and multilateralism. The reaffirmation was made in a joint statement issued after the 21st China-EU leaders' meeting in Brussels, which was co-chaired by visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

* Eastern forces and troops loyal to the government in Tripoli fought on the outskirts of Libya's capital on April 10 as the battle forced thousands of residents to flee their homes.

* The European Union will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit at an emergency summit on April 10 but leaders will debate a longer extension with conditions to prevent any future British leader jeopardising the bloc.

* Lawmakers in New Zealand voted almost unanimously on April 10 to change gun laws, less than a month after its worst peacetime mass shooting, in which 50 people were killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.

* The White House said on on April 9 that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud had talked over phone on issues regarding regional security, Iran and human rights.

* New Zealand announced on April 10 that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.

* US President Donald Trump and visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi discussed regional security and water issues on April 9 at the White House.

* The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on on April 9 called for political will to tackle refugee crisis around the world.

* Iran's Armed Forces would spare no effort to combat the US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces in West Asia, Iran Armed Forces Headquarters said in a statement on on April 9.

* Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation eased to 14.2 percent in March from 14.4 percent in February, statistics agency CAPMAS said on April 10. Analysts said the figures were in line with expectations.

* Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya confirmed Wednesday (April 10) that the F-35A fighter jet that went missing during a training exercise a day earlier over the Pacific has crashed. At a press briefing, Iwaya also said that wreckage believed to be that of the stealth fighter jet has been found floating in the Pacific.

* At least four people were injured in a helicopter crash in West Azarbaijan province in northwest of Iran on April 10, Iran's Labour News Agency (ILNA) reported.

* More than 40 militants have been killed as fighting aircraft targeted Taliban hideouts elsewhere in the conflict-battered Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said on April 9.

* Sunday (April 7)'s explosion in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa had killed 14 children and critically injured 16 others, most of them aged under nine, a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson said on on April 9.