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Archive for April 26, 2022

Newsline: UN Chief Visits Moscow to Revive Diplomacy

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is in Moscow seeking to revive diplomatic efforts to end the war more than two months after President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier suggested negotiations with Washington could be useful. Guterres met Lavrov and is due to see Putin ahead of a visit to Ukraine Wednesday. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-latest-russia-signals-interest-065720509.html) There was intense fighting overnight in four regions across the south and east of the country, according to Ukraine’s military authorities, while trouble also flared in the nearby breakaway Transnistria region of Moldova.

Newsline: Chinese Embassy in Pakistan confirms deaths of three nationals

The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan confirmed the deaths of three Chinese teachers in what it called a terrorist attack Tuesday evening, saying an additional teacher was injured. (https://www.chron.com/news/article/Explosion-in-southern-Pakistan-kills-3-Chinese-17126872.php) An explosion ripped through a van inside a university campus in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver, officials said. The Chinese fatalities included the director of the Chinese-built Confucius Institute, which offers Chinese language graduate classes, and two teachers. A separatist militant group claimed responsibility and said the attack was carried out by a woman suicide bomber. The bombing at the University of Karachi also wounded a fourth Chinese national and a Pakistani guard accompanying the van, according to university spokesman Mohammad Farooq. Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said an initial investigation showed a suicide bomber was behind the attack.

Newsline: Hundreds protest outside Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Turkish Consulate in Beverly Hills to demand the Turkish government recognize the Armenian genocide and end its support of Azerbaijan in the Artsakh. The rally organized by the Armenian Youth Federation was one of several held across the Southland to mark the 107th anniversary of the massacre. Los Angeles County is home to the largest population of Armenians in the United States. (https://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-protest-outside-turkish-consulate-012007929.html) Speakers at the protest honored the victims of the genocide and the strength of its survivors, told of Armenia’s rich history and culture, and called for Turkey to finally acknowledge the loss and trauma it inflicted upon the Armenian people.

Newsline: Top Russian diplomat warns against provoking WWIII

Russia’s top diplomat warned Ukraine against provoking World War III and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated” as his country unleashed attacks against rail and fuel installations far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive. (https://news.yahoo.com/top-russian-diplomat-warns-ukraine-041550186.html) Meanwhile, the British Defense Ministry said Tuesday that Russian forces had taken the Ukrainian city of Kreminna in the Luhansk region after days of street-to-street fighting.