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Turkey: Suicide Bomber's Ties Remain Unclear

A female suicide bomber who caused an April 27 explosion in the Turkish city of Bursa has been identified, The Daily Star reported April 29. Read more…

Burundi: Attack Kills 5 In Capital

Five people were killed in a gun and grenade attack April 28 in Burundi's capital, regarded as a hub of opposition to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, Reuters reported April 29. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Responsible For Oil Pipeline Attack

The National Liberation Army (ELN) carried out an April 28 attack on the Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline in a rural area of Arauca department, Colombian army sources said, Caracol Radio reported April 29. Read more…

Syria: Weekend Pause Declared In 2 Areas, Excludes Aleppo

The U.S., Russian and Syrian governments have agreed to pause fighting around Damascus and Latakia, according to Russian and Syrian military authorities, Reuters reported April 29. Read more…

Iraq: U.S. Vice President Visits Kurdistan Regional Government

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani on April 28 in Erbil, where the two discussed the planned offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Rudaw reported April 29. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Islamic State Claims Eastern Bomb Attack

An Islamic State affiliate in Saudi Arabia has claimed an April 28 bombing in eastern Al-Ahsa province that injured one police officer and damaged five vehicles, AP reported April 29. Read more…

China: Russian Natural Gas Project Signs Major Loan Agreements With Chinese Banks

Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project (LNG) signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth more than $12 billion, Yamal LNG said April 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Putin To Visit China In June

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit China in June, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Sputnik reported April 29. Read more…

Thailand: No Agreement Reached In Deep South Peace Talks

Informal peace talks between the Thai government and southern Thai rebels failed to produce an agreement, BenarNews and the Bangkok Post reported April 28. Read more…

Turkey: Deal Concluded To Send Troops To Qatar

Ankara concluded a military agreement with Doha that involves deploying Turkish troops to Qatar, Hurriyet reported April 28. Read more…

South Sudan: President Names New Unity Cabinet

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit named a new unity Cabinet on April 28, which includes former rebels and opposition members, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Abuja Signs A New Deal To Increase Military Cooperation With France

Nigeria and France signed an agreement on April 28 to increase military cooperation in the fight against Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, the militant group formerly known as Boko Haram, AFP reported. Read more…

Ivory Coast: U.N. Security Council Lifts Arms Embargo

After 12 years, the U.N. Security Council removed an arms embargo on Ivory Coast on April 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: New Law On Foreign NGOs Passed

China passed a new law April 28 that will regulate foreign nongovernmental organizations, Xinhua reported. Read more…

Mozambique: U.K. Suspends Financial Aid Over Undisclosed Debts

The United Kingdom said it is suspending financial aid to Mozambique over a breach of trust after the country hid more than $1 billion in debt, BBC reported April 28. Read more…

Iraq: U.S. Vice President In Baghdad For Unannounced Visit

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on April 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Hospital Airstrike Kills At Least 17 In Aleppo

An airstrike hit a hospital in war-torn Aleppo on April 28, killing at least 14 patients and three doctors, Doctors Without Borders said, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: Journalists Sentenced Over Prophet Mohammed Cartoons

Two Turkish journalists were sentenced to two years in prison April 28 for including in their columns a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, their lawyer said, AFP reported. Read more…