QWorld: Syrians Vote for Parliament, Ukraine Set for New Govt

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Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Photo: AP)

1. Syrians Vote for Parliament Denounced by Assad’s Enemies

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country in what they called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, while his opponents and Western powers denounced the poll as illegitimate.


2. Ukraine Set for New Govt After Coalition Backs Groysman for PM

A coalition of Ukraine’s two largest parties agreed to back Volodymyr Groysman for Prime Minister and reshuffle the cabinet, paving the way for the biggest shake-up since a 2014 uprising brought in a pro-Western leadership.

3. Spanish Police Arrest Man Suspected of Arming Paris Supermarket Gunman

Spanish police have arrested a French man for supplying the arms used by an Islamist militant to kill four people at a kosher supermarket in Paris and a policewoman in Paris in January 2015, Spain’s interior ministry said.


4. US Missile Defense Officials say North Korea Capabilities Increasing

US intelligence believes North Korea’s ability to reach the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile is low but that its capabilities will increase, making continued US investment in missile defense essential, US officials said.

6. Russia Jets Make ‘Simulated Attack’ Passes Near US Destroyer: US

Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passed near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, an US official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory.


5. Brazil’s Rousseff Pledges Unity Govt as Impeachment Momentum Grows

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff pledged to form a government of national unity if she survives an impeachment vote in Congress this weekend, but the odds of that lengthened as allies continued to desert her.

7. Unions Endorse Sanders, Clinton for President as NY Vote Nears

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won his first endorsement from a fellow US senator, and he and rival Hillary Clinton both announced backing from New York City labour unions as they battled to win next week’s state primary.


8. Saudi Cabinet Curbs Powers of Religious Police

Saudi Arabia barred its religious police from pursuing suspects or making arrests, curbing the powers of an institution whose aggressive enforcement of the Islamic kingdom’s strict morality rules has drawn criticism from the more liberal Saudis.

9. Taiwanese Deported from Kenya “Suspected of Fraud in China”

A group of Taiwanese deported from Kenya to China after being acquitted of cyber crime are wanted for suspected fraud in China, the Chinese government said.

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