Factbox: Who will be Spain’s next PM? A profile of the candidates

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists are in the lead ahead of Sunday’s national election but opinion polls show no party will have enough seats to rule on its own, which could make for complicated coalition talks. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-election-contenders-factbox/factbox-who-will-be-spains-next-pm-a-profile-of-the-candidates-idUSKCN1RY0AW?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Ukraine enters uncharted new era after comedian wins presidency

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election/ukraine-enters-uncharted-new-era-after-comedian-wins-presidency-idUSKCN1RX01N?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sri Lanka lifts curfew as death toll from attacks rises sharply

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after a string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across the Indian Ocean island killed 290 people and wounded about 500, but there were warnings more attacks were possible. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-lifts-curfew-as-death-toll-from-attacks-rises-sharply-idUSKCN1RY068?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S. prepares to end exemptions on Iran sanctions, and oil prices soar

The United States is expected to announce on Monday that buyers of Iranian oil need to end imports soon or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering a 3 percent jump in crude prices to their highest for 2019 so far. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-oil/u-s-prepares-to-end-exemptions-on-iran-sanctions-and-oil-prices-soar-idUSKCN1RX0R1?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S. State Dept warns ‘terrorists’ continue plotting Sri Lanka attacks

The U.S. State Department said in a revised travel advisory ‘terrorist groups’ were continuing to plot possible attacks in Sri Lanka after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded in blasts in churches and luxury hotels on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-usa/u-s-state-dept-warns-terrorists-continue-plotting-sri-lanka-attacks-idUSKCN1RY09A?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sri Lanka lifts curfew after bomb attacks kill 290, wound 500

Authorities lifted a curfew in Sri Lanka on Monday, a day after 290 people were killed and about 500 wounded by a string of bombings that tore through churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-lifts-curfew-after-bomb-attacks-kill-290-wound-500-idUSKCN1RY068?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sri Lanka attacks death toll rises to 290, about 500 wounded: police

The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also wounded, police said on Monday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blast-toll/sri-lanka-attacks-death-toll-rises-to-290-about-500-wounded-police-idUSKCN1RY060?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S. to announce end to Iran sanctions waivers, oil prices spike

The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-oil/u-s-to-announce-end-to-iran-sanctions-waivers-oil-prices-spike-idUSKCN1RX0R1?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Incoming Japanese emperor’s life filled with breaks from tradition

Crown Prince Naruhito, set to become Japan’s emperor on May 1, is known as an earnest, studious man who wooed and won his ex-diplomat wife, Crown Princess Masako, with a pledge to protect her. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-emperor-crownprince-profile-fac/incoming-japanese-emperors-life-filled-with-breaks-from-tradition-idUSKCN1RY01F?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: source

The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S. sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-oil/u-s-to-announce-end-to-sanctions-waivers-for-iran-oil-imports-source-idUSKCN1RX0R1?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in two by-elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc suffered two rare losses in by-elections on Sunday in an apparent warning from voters not to get complacent ahead of a national election for parliament’s upper house later this year. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-election/japan-pm-abes-ruling-bloc-suffers-rare-losses-in-two-by-elections-idUSKCN1RY03D?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Factbox: Incoming Japanese emperor’s life filled with breaks from tradition

Crown Prince Naruhito, set to become Japan’s emperor on May 1, is known as an earnest, studious man who wooed and won his ex-diplomat wife, Crown Princess Masako, with a pledge to protect her. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-emperor-crownprince-profile-fac/factbox-incoming-japanese-emperors-life-filled-with-breaks-from-tradition-idUSKCN1RY01F?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S. to announce end to sanctions waivers for Iran oil imports: Washington Post

The United States is preparing to announce on Monday that all importers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or be subject to U.S. sanctions, a Washington Post columnist reported on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-oil/u-s-to-announce-end-to-sanctions-waivers-for-iran-oil-imports-washington-post-idUSKCN1RX0R1?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Macedonian pro-Western, nationalist candidates tied in presidential vote

Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of presidential vote dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-macedonia-election/macedonian-pro-western-nationalist-candidates-tied-in-presidential-vote-idUSKCN1RX008?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Spain’s Socialists increase their electoral advantage: poll

Spain’s Socialists increased their lead in a poll published on Monday in newspaper ABC that gave them 31.5 percent of votes, but fell short of a majority ahead of a general election on April 28. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-poll/spains-socialists-increase-their-electoral-advantage-poll-idUSKCN1RX0Q8?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit polls

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after exit polls showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election/comedian-zelenskiy-wins-ukrainian-presidential-race-by-landslide-exit-polls-idUSKCN1RX01N?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Landslide election victory thrusts Ukrainian comedian into limelight

In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election-zelenskiy-newsmaker/landslide-election-victory-thrusts-ukrainian-comedian-into-limelight-idUSKCN1RX0PB?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Macedonians pro-Western candidate wins first round of presidential vote

Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, narrowly won first round of presidential vote dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under a deal with Greece. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-macedonia-election/macedonians-pro-western-candidate-wins-first-round-of-presidential-vote-idUSKCN1RX008?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sudanese protesters to escalate rallies, no longer recognize military council

Sudanese protest leaders on Sunday vowed to escalate demonstrations to confront the country’s military rulers, as part of a widening campaign to push for the transfer of power to civilians. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-protesters/sudanese-protesters-to-escalate-rallies-no-longer-recognize-military-council-idUSKCN1RX0OA?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Northern Ireland police release teenagers arrested after journalist killing

Police in Northern Ireland on Sunday released without charge two teenagers arrested in relation to the killing of a journalist during a riot in Londonderry. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nireland-violence/northern-ireland-police-release-teenagers-arrested-after-journalist-killing-idUSKCN1RX0OZ?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Macedonia’s pro-Western candidate wins first round of presidential vote

Early results of a presidential election in North Macedonia showed pro-Western candidate Stevo Pendarovski in first place, with 45 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission website showed on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-macedonia-election-result/macedonias-pro-western-candidate-wins-first-round-of-presidential-vote-idUSKCN1RX0OT?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday urged hundreds of climate-change protesters in London to never give up their campaign to save the planet as police arrests over disruptions to the city’s landmarks rose above 830. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-protests-climate-change/swedish-teen-climate-activist-joins-london-protest-as-arrests-top-830-idUSKCN1RX0OL?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Egyptians vote for second day in referendum on keeping Sisi in power

Egyptians voted on Sunday for a second day on whether to back constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-election/egyptians-vote-for-second-day-in-referendum-on-keeping-sisi-in-power-idUSKCN1RX0CF?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Comedian wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: final exit poll

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide, a final national exit poll showed on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election-late-exitpoll/comedian-wins-ukrainian-presidential-race-by-landslide-final-exit-poll-idUSKCN1RX0O2?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Timeline: Sri Lankan bomb attacks on hotels, churches – 20 minutes of carnage

Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 207 and injuring 450 people, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-timeline/timeline-sri-lankan-bomb-attacks-on-hotels-churches-20-minutes-of-carnage-idUSKCN1RX0NS?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Tripoli forces push opponents back slightly south of Libyan capital-witnesses

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government have pushed their eastern opponents back on parts of the frontline south of Tripoli, despite the attackers flying overnight air strikes on the capital, witnesses said on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security/tripoli-forces-push-opponents-back-slightly-south-of-libyan-capital-witnesses-idUSKCN1RX0NK?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

British woman killed, three other people kidnapped in northern Nigeria

Kidnappers in Nigeria killed a British woman and a Nigerian man, and abducted three others in the northern city of Kaduna, local police and the British High Commission said on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security/british-woman-killed-three-other-people-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-idUSKCN1RX0GR?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Islamic State claims attack on Saudi state security building

CAIRO (REUTERS) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a Saudi state security building northwest of Riyadh, the group’s Amaq news agency reported on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-claim/islamic-state-claims-attack-on-saudi-state-security-building-idUSKCN1RX0N6?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Khamenei names new chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the head of the influential Revolutionary Guards Corps, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the elite group a foreign terrorist organization. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-guards/khamenei-names-new-chief-for-irans-revolutionary-guards-idUSKCN1RX0JN?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Saudi Arabia, UAE to send $3 billion in aid to Sudan

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion worth of aid, throwing a lifeline to the country’s new military leaders after protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-protests/saudi-arabia-uae-to-send-3-billion-in-aid-to-sudan-idUSKCN1RX0DG?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sudanese protesters to suspend contacts with military rulers: protest leader

Representatives of Sudan’s protesters and main opposition groups said on Sunday they were suspending contacts with the political committee of the ruling military council, accusing it of being composed of “remnants” of the ousted regime. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-protests/sudanese-protesters-to-suspend-contacts-with-military-rulers-protest-leader-idUSKCN1RX0LM?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit poll

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after an exit poll showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election/comedian-zelenskiy-wins-ukrainian-presidential-race-by-landslide-exit-poll-idUSKCN1RX01N?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Incumbent Poroshenko concedes defeat in Ukrainian presidential vote

Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday conceded he had been soundly defeated in a run-off vote by comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and would be leaving office next month, but said he did not plan to quit politics altogether. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election-poroshenko-reax/incumbent-poroshenko-concedes-defeat-in-ukrainian-presidential-vote-idUSKCN1RX0LG?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit poll

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide, a national exit poll showed on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election-exit-polls/comedian-zelenskiy-wins-ukrainian-presidential-race-by-landslide-exit-poll-idUSKCN1RX0KU?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Britons among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks: UK Foreign Office

British nationals were among the more than 200 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-britain-fco/britons-among-those-killed-in-sri-lanka-attacks-uk-foreign-office-idUSKCN1RX0KD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khan in Iran to talk security, ties

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-pakistan/pakistans-prime-minister-khan-in-iran-to-talk-security-ties-idUSKCN1RX0JP?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Turkish opposition leader safe after attack at soldier’s funeral

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party was attacked at a soldier’s funeral in Ankara before security guards led him away, in the latest fallout from contested local elections three weeks ago. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-election-attack/turkish-opposition-leader-safe-after-attack-at-soldiers-funeral-idUSKCN1RX0CO?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sudan military leadership says formation of military-civilian council being considered

The head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council said on Sunday that the formation of a joint military-civilian council — one of the demands put forward by Sudanese activists — was under discussion. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-leadership/sudan-military-leadership-says-formation-of-military-civilian-council-being-considered-idUSKCN1RX0JA?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

U.S.’ Pompeo: Americans were among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that “several U.S. citizens were among those killed” in a series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter morning that killed more than 200 people and injured at least 450 others. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts-usa/u-s-pompeo-americans-were-among-those-killed-in-sri-lanka-attacks-idUSKCN1RX0J3?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

India’s Modi condemns Sri Lanka attacks, says he can defeat the ‘terrorists’

After condemning the series of deadly bomb attacks on Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels on Sunday that killed more than 200 people, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters that they needed to elect him to a second term as only he can beat the “terrorists” threatening India. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-election-modi/indias-modi-condemns-sri-lanka-attacks-says-he-can-defeat-the-terrorists-idUSKCN1RX0IW?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV

The assailants who attacked a state security building northwest of Riyadh on Sunday are Saudi militants who belong to Islamic State, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said in a tweet, citing its own correspondent. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-islamicstate/islamic-state-behind-attack-on-saudi-security-north-of-riyadh-arabiya-tv-idUSKCN1RX0IU?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Sudan delegation to visit U.S. to discuss lifting of terrorism listing: SUNA

A Sudanese delegation will visit the United States soon to discuss Sudan’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, state news agency SUNA reported on Sunday. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sudan-politics-usa/sudan-delegation-to-visit-u-s-to-discuss-lifting-of-terrorism-listing-suna-idUSKCN1RX0IJ?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Thousands protest in Morocco demanding release of jailed activists

Thousands of Moroccans staged a march on Sunday in downtown Rabat to demand the release of activists who led protests over economic and social problems in the northern Rif region in late 2016 and 2017. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-morocco-protests/thousands-protest-in-morocco-demanding-release-of-jailed-activists-idUSKCN1RX0ID?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews