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World Daily News – In Brief – Tuesday 05/04/2022

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. REUTERS (CANADA)

Sri Lanka parliament to meet as protests put ruling Rajapaksas under pressure

Sri Lanka’s parliament will meet on Tuesday after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved his cabinet and sought to form a unity government to find a way out of the island nation’s worst economic crisis in decades and quell public anger.

. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)

North Korea warns of ‘dreadful’ nuclear response if provoked

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened South Korea with nuclear retaliation if provoked after Seoul highlighted its supposed pre-emptive strike capabilities against the North.

. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)

Biden administration to scrap nuclear cruise missile program

The U.S. has decided to discontinue development of a new nuclear cruise missile, Nikkei has learned.

. CNN (USA)

US tested hypersonic missile in mid-March

The US successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March but kept it quiet for two weeks to avoid escalating tensions with Russia as President Joe Biden was about to travel to Europe, according to a defense official familiar with the matter.

. BBC (UK)

South African president ends Covid restrictions

South Africa has announced the ending of Covid restrictions, two years after they were imposed.

. BAHA (AUSTRIA)

China’s UN envoy warns on US, UK, Australia deal

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun warned on Tuesday against the “things which may lead other parts of the world into crisis” like the one in Ukraine, in a reference to the most recent agreement between the US, the UK, and Australia.