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April 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated April 7, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for April 2019:

  1. US Warns Turkey Over Missile Deal
  2. More Deaths in Sudan Protests
  3. New Zealand Changes Gun Laws
  4. Julian Assange Arrested
  5. Ethiopia Arrest 59 Officials
  6. Notre Dame on Fire
  7. Constitutional Changes in Egypt
  8. Alan Garcia Pronounced Dead
  9. Irish Journalist Killed by Demonstrators
  10. Over 200 Killed in Sri Lanka Attack
  11. Comedian Wins Ukrainian Presidency
  12. Sri Lanka Raid Becomes Deadly Shooting
  13. Japan’s Emperor Abdicated

US Warns Turkey Over Missile Deal

Turkey President

On April 4, Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey to think before buying a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system. Pence stated that the decision could impact whether or not Turkey remains a Nato member. Turkey responded, saying the deal was set in stone. (BBC)

Photo Source: Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool

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More Deaths in Sudan Protests

Sudan Protests

On April 9, eleven people died during the protests in Sudan, including members of the “state force.” Protestors are fighting for an end to the current president’s 30-year reign. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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New Zealand Changes Gun Laws

New Zealand Gun Laws

On April 10, in a 119-1 vote, New Zealand’s parliament voted to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons. The decision comes weeks after a mass shooting that left 50 people dead. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Baker

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Julian Assange Arrested

Assange

On April 11, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested in London. It is still undetermined whether or not Assange will be extradited to the United States. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

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Ethiopia Arrest 59 Officials

Ethiopia Prime Minister

On April 11, fifty-nine Ethiopian officials were arrested for corruption and economic sabotage. These arrests come after the newly-appointed Prime Minister promised to clean up the politics. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Samuel Habtab

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Notre Dame on Fire

Notre Dame Catherdral

On April 15, the famed Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire in Paris. The fire took a long time to put out, and it will likely take months to assess the damage. The blaze is suspected to be accidental. Macron hopes to rebuild it within five years. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Michel Euler

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Constitutional Changes in Egypt

President Sisi

On April 16, Egypt passed constitutional changes that could allow current President Sisi to rule until 2030. The changes also give Sisi more judiciary power. He was expected to step down in 2022, but with these changes, the date is now uncertain. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Alan Garcia Pronounced Dead

Alan Garcia

On April 17. Peru’s former president Alan Garcia died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police were preparing to arrest Garcia later that day for money laundering and bribery. In his alleged suicide notes, Garcia said he killed himself to avoid embarrassment by his political enemies. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Martin Mejia

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Irish Journalist Killed by Demonstrators

Ireland Protests

On April 19, rioters in Northern Ireland shot and killed journalist Lyra McKee, who was just 29-years-old. As of April 20, two suspects are in custody. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Tim Ireland

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Over 200 Killed in Sri Lanka Attack

Sri Lanka Blasts

On April 21, Easter Sunday, about 290 people died and hundreds more were injured in an explosion at churches in Sri Lanka. The bombings were coordinated and are believed to be terrorist related. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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Comedian Wins Ukrainian Presidency

Ukraine Election

On April 22, final results revealed that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won the Ukrainian election. Zelenksiy has not political experience aside from playing a parody president on television. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sergei Grits

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Sri Lanka Raid Becomes Deadly Shooting

Sri Lanka Raid

On April 25, after the Islamic State claimed the deadly bombing on the Sri Lankan churches, police began to hunt for 140 people they presume to be members. A shooting erupted when police raided the east, but police were still able to detain 76 people. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

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Japan’s Emperor Abdicated

Japan Abdication

On April 30, in the first time in over 200 years, Japan Emperor Akihito has announced he is stepping down. His son is expected to be his successor. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

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