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People cross the Moei river as they flee Myawaddy township in Myanmar to Thailand's Mae Sot town in Thailand's Tak province, Saturday, April 20, 2024.

About 1,300 people flee Myanmar to Thailand amid clashes at border town

Approximately 1,300 people have fled from eastern Myanmar into Thailand as clashes erupted in the border town of Myawaddy, captured by Karen ethnic guerillas. The fighting involved drone attacks and airstrikes, with Thai authorities assisting refugees. The fall of Myawaddy marks a significant setback for Myanmar's military, facing defeats since seizing power in 2021. Thailand is closely monitoring the situation and prepared to provide humanitarian aid.

An aircraft of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) takes part in military drills near Taiwan.

China announces new aviation routes near Taiwan's restricted airspace: Report

The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced new air routes to Xiamen and Fuzhou near Taiwan-controlled islands. These routes are connected to the contentious M503 flight path in the Taiwan Strait. Mainland Affairs Council expressed concerns over flight safety risks due to the proximity of these routes to Taiwan's airspace. Tensions have escalated with China's increased military activities around Taiwan. Taiwan's Coast Guard enforces prohibited and restricted waters around the country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Make a choice 'whether we indeed are allies': Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky tells NATO defence ministers

Ukrainian President Zelensky urged NATO to increase arms deliveries as Russia launched deadly attacks. He emphasized the need for Western support to defend against Russian bombardments, highlighting the importance of air defence systems. Zelensky called for swift action, stating Ukraine's dependence on NATO's alliance. Ukraine also reported downing a Russian bomber for the first time. The attacks resulted in civilian casualties, including two children.

From 2012 through July 2017, Singh controlled at least eight distribution cells within the US. (Representational photo)

Indian man gets 5-year jail for selling controlled substance on dark web in US

Indian national Banmeet Singh, 40, sentenced to 5 years in US prison for dark web drug sales, ordered to forfeit USD150 million. Singh pleaded guilty to drug distribution and money laundering, operated vendor sites on dark web selling fentanyl, LSD, ecstasy, and more. Controlled at least 8 distribution cells in the US, moving drugs worth millions.

Palestinian group Hamas' top leader, Ismail Haniyeh

Hamas chief arrives in Turkey for talks amid middle east tensions

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met with Turkish President Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss the Gaza conflict as the death toll surpassed 34,000. Tensions are high in the Middle East after reported Israeli attacks on Iran. Turkish officials are engaging in negotiations for a ceasefire, as Qatar acknowledges stalled talks. Erdogan reaffirmed support for Palestinians but gave no details on the meeting.

In this photo provided Saturday by the North Korean government, a missile that the state media call "Hwasal-1 Ra-3 strategic cruise missile", is launched from transporter erector launcher vehicle in North Korea

North Korea tests cruise missile with ‘super-large warhead’

North Korea conducted a test of a "super-large warhead" for a strategic cruise missile and launched a new anti-aircraft missile, according to state media. The tests were described as part of regular activities and unrelated to the surrounding situation. North Korea has been developing its nuclear and weapons programs despite international sanctions.

10-year-old boy confesses to fatally shooting a man in his sleep 2 years ago, Texas authorities say

10-year-old boy confesses to fatally shooting a man in his sleep 2 years ago, Texas authorities say

A 10-year-old boy in Texas confessed to shooting a man in his sleep two years ago, but cannot be charged due to his age at the time. The victim, Brandon O'Quinn Rasberry, was found dead in an RV park. The boy described the incident in detail to investigators, who found the gun used in a pawn shop and matched it to shell casings at the crime scene. The boy is in juvenile detention for a separate incident.

An Israeli military vehicle drives during a raid, at Nour Shams camp, in Tulkarm, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Reuters)

US sanctions ally of Israeli minister, entities backing 'extremist' settlers

The United States imposed sanctions on an ally of Israel's far-right national security minister and two entities raising funds for Israeli men accused of settler violence in the West Bank. These actions signal growing frustration with Israeli policies and target those blamed for escalating violence. The Biden administration's moves have upset right-wing members of Netanyahu's coalition, advocating for settlement expansion. The EU also agreed to sanction Lehava and other groups linked to violent settlers.

President Asif Ali Zardari during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace. (AP)

Pakistan: Two lawmakers suspended for creating ruckus in President Zardari's address in Parliament

Pakistan authorities suspended two lawmakers, Jamshed Dasti and Muhammad Iqbal Khan, for disruptive behavior during President Zardari's parliamentary address. The lawmakers, part of PTI and SIC parties, chanted slogans and displayed banners, prompting their suspension for violating parliamentary rules. Zardari remained composed despite the protest, as the National Assembly adopted a motion to suspend the lawmakers for their conduct.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Reuters/File)

China's Xi orders biggest military reorganization since 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping has initiated a major overhaul of the military, dissolving the Strategic Support Force and creating the Information Support Force to enhance cyber capabilities. This restructuring comes amid tensions with the US over cyber warfare. Former commander Ju Qiansheng's disappearance and subsequent return are noted, reflecting broader military leadership changes. The move follows Xi's purge of the military last year.

Emergency personnel work at the scene where a person was covered in flames outside the courthouse where former US President Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial is underway. (Reuters)

Man self-immolates outside Donald Trump's trial as jury selected

A man set himself on fire outside the courthouse where jury selection for Donald Trump's trial was completed. It's unclear if the incident is related to Trump's case. The trial involves 34 counts of business fraud. Trump has pleaded not guilty. The jury selection process has been challenging, with potential jurors struggling to be impartial. Trump criticized a gag order imposed by the judge. He faces multiple legal challenges as he aims for a political comeback.

Democratic leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said that he spoke with Republican Speaker Mike Johnson on Thursday night to ensure the bill would clear the Rules Committee. (File)

Ukraine, Israel aid advances in rare House vote as Democrats help Republicans push it forward

The House advanced a $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and humanitarian support with rare bipartisan support. Speaker Mike Johnson led the effort, facing challenges from within his party. The package, endorsed by President Biden, faces hurdles in the Senate. Democrats and Republicans must navigate delicate coalitions to pass separate bills for each aid component.

Ex-Philadelphia police officer pleads guilty in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

Ex-Philadelphia police officer pleads guilty in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

Fired Philadelphia police officer Edsaul Mendoza pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting of a fleeing 12-year-old boy, who was unarmed. Mendoza also pleaded guilty to possession of an instrument of crime. He had been charged with first- and third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of Thomas “T.J.” Siderio. A sentencing date has not been disclosed.

The Gaza war was sparked by an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 that resulted in the deaths of 1,170 people, mostly civilians. (AFP)

UAE launches relief operation in Gaza's bombed out second city

The UAE is leading a relief operation in Gaza's Khan Yunis, planning to rehabilitate a hospital. They were the first to deliver aid, including food parcels and supplies, to the city. Thousands of displaced residents are returning home after heavy fighting with Israel. The Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Yunis will be rehabilitated by the UAE. The Gaza war has resulted in many civilian deaths.

US urges Pakistan to ‘prioritise and expand economic reforms’ to address challenges

US urges Pakistan to ‘prioritise and expand economic reforms’ to address challenges

The US urges Pakistan to prioritize and expand economic reforms to address economic challenges. Finance Minister Aurangzeb meets with US officials in Washington for negotiations with the IMF and World Bank. Both countries aim to enhance economic partnerships, focusing on energy, agriculture, climate resilience, and technology. Pakistan remains an important security partner for the US.

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