Trump congratulates Zelensky on victory in Ukraine presidential election

US President Donald Trump on April 21 congratulated Vladimir Zelensky on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential election during a telephone conversation, the White House said in a statement.

Sri Lanka bombings: Toll in Eastern Sunday church attacks rises to 290

Eight coordinated explosions that tore through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday have killed at least 290 people and injured another 500, in what officials have called a "brand-new type of terrorism."

Ukraine’s Poroshenko concedes defeat in presidential poll

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, Reuters reports.

Russia to carry out observation flight over US this week

A group of Russian inspectors will conduct an observation flight over the United States’ territory on April 22-27, Head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov said, according to Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, Tass reports.

Serbian president rules out NATO membership, anti-Russian sanctions

Despite foreign pressure, Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia and will stay out of any military bloc, including NATO, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a pro-government rally in Belgrade on Friday evening.

Trump slams aides who cooperated with Mueller’s investigation

President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at current and former aides who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, The Associated Press reported citing Trump’s Twitter account.

Iraq to convene summit with representatives of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria

Iraq will convene a summit with representatives of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, reports AFP.

Trump to be 'first foreign leader to meet Japan’s new emperor'

A US serviceman has fatally stabbed a Japanese woman and then killed himself in Okinawa, Al Arabiya reports, citing the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

French writer Welbeck awarded Order of Legion of Honor

French writer Michel Welbeck received from the hands of French President Emmanuel Macron the country's highest award — the Order of the Legion of Honor.

Vatican displays Holy Stairs for first time in 300 years

Visitors to Rome this Easter can have a once-in-a-lifetime experience: climbing the original stairs that Jesus is said to have walked on while on his way up to be judged by Pontius Pilate before his crucifixion, CNN reports.

Mali PM, Government retire

Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and his entire government have submitted their resignations to the president of the country Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who accepted them, reported.

Pope Francis Wished the Jewish Community of Rome a Happy Passover

Pope Francis sent a message to the Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni wishing him and the Jewish community a happy Passover, the Italian Jewish newspaper Pagine Ebraiche reported on Thursday, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Britain concerned about US decision on Cuba

Britain is concerned about new attempts by the United States to require foreign companies to abide by U.S. sanctions on Cuba, which have been rejected by the UK and other European countries, Reuters reported.

Serbia will never impose sanctions on Russia despite pressure — foreign minister

Serbia will not impose any restrictive measures on Russia despite pressure, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told Izvestiya daily, Tass informs.

Pope encourages Swedish campaigner Greta on environment

Pope Francis encouraged Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday to continue her campaign to fight climate change, during a brief meeting at the end of his weekly general audience, AP reports.

Notre Dame not to be closed to visitors during reconstruction works

Notre Dame de Paris will not be closed after devastating fire, said French Culture Minister Franck Riester.

New York's St Patrick cathedral rescued from fire

A man carrying two gas cans, lighter fluid and lighters tried to enter New York City’s famed St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday but was stopped by a security officer and taken into custody, NBC News reports, citing an NYPD official.

US and China may sign trade agreement at the end of May

The official representatives of the USA and China are working on the final stages of trade negotiations, the signing ceremony of which is expected by the end of May, AFP reported quoting The Wall Street Journal.

$1 billion raised to rebuild Paris’ Notre Dame after fire

Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the French president set a controversial five-year deadline to get the work done, The Associated Press reports.

Notre Dame fire: Paris cathedral was ‘15 to 30 minutes’ away from complete destruction

Notre Dame Cathedral was within “15 to 30 minutes” of complete destruction as firefighters battled to stop flames reaching its gothic bell towers, The Guardian reports, citing French authorities.