World News in Brief: April 21

Sunday, 2019-04-21 14:45:27
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Myanmar's security forces have launched a counter-attack against the insurgent group, the Arakan Army (AA), in its regional military headquarters in Rakhine state, said the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services late on April 20.

* Mount Agung volcano in Bali resort Island of central Indonesia on April 21 spewed a column of ashes by up to two km onto the sky, leaving rains of ashes, a disaster agency official said.

* Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on April 20 discussed with the visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov the cooperation between both countries including the energy sector, according to the state news agency SANA.

*Jordan said on April 20 that it will participate in a meeting on the Palestinian issue at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on April 21.

* Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on April 20 said that his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif has agreed to trace militants involved in a recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, and take due action against them after investigations.

* A total of 220 people have been killed and 1,066 others injured in the fighting between the UN-backed Libyan government and the east-based army in and around the capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on April 20.

* Eleven people were killed and eight civilians wounded after assailants armed with gun, grenades and suicide bomb jackets stormed an 18-story government office building in the central of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on April 20.

* The Syrian army on April 20 denied reports about alleged clashes between Iranian and Russian forces in eastern and northern Syria, the state news agency SANA reported.

* Three men were killed and one injured by strong wind in Myanmar's Kachin state, the Myanmar Police Force said on April 21.

* A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on April 20. The accident took place on the early morning of on April 20 in the Kordai district in the southern Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus made a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles.

* Libya has reopened Mitiga airport - Tripoli's only functioning airport - according to a posting on the airport authorities' Facebook page on April 21.

* Twenty-seven more people have been found dead from a boat accident on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, bringing the total death toll to 40, interim interior minister Basile Olongo told Reuters on April 20.

* A truck carrying more than 20 passengers on their way to a traditional event plunged into a ravine in the mountainous northern Philippine Kalinga province on April 20, killing at least seven people and injuring 15 others.