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At least 44 people were killed in the Yemeni city of Taez in clashes between loyalist forces and rebels as well as Saudi-led coalition air raids.

Residents said the city in southwest Yemen was rocked by explosions and gunfire overnight as the coalition-backed forces of president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi battled Huthi rebels. According to medical sources nineteen rebels, four soldiers of a mechanized army unit loyal to the president and four other pro-Hadi fighters were killed. Saudi-led coalition warplanes target an arms depot east of the capital SANAA. According to afp citing witnesses, the facility belonged to the elite republican guard, which remains loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia last month as the Huthis closed in on his refuge in the southern city of Aden, having advanced from their stronghold in northern Yemen last year to seize the capital Sanaa. Residents and security sources said rival fighters clashed friday night in districts of aden, while pro-Hadi forces with the support of air strikes held off rebels battling for the past week for control of Aden's refinery, 15 kilometres to the west of the port city.


Seven hundred people feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants trying to reach Europe capsized off Libya.

The UNHCR said that only 28 people had survived the deadly capsize. The disaster comes after a week in which two other shipwrecks left an estimated 450 people dead.


Afghanistan's President arrived in Tehran on his first trip to Iran since taking office.

President Ashraf Ghani's arrival on a two-day visit was announced by Iran's official Irna news agency while state television showed him and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani at Saadabad palace in Tehran where top-level dignitaries are often welcomed. Ghani, elected in September, was accompanied on the trip by his foreign minister and minister for oil and mines. Iran and Afghanistan have close ties. In 2001, Tehran took the rare step of cooperating with Washington in a US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban regime from power in Kabul.


Fire tenders struggled to douse off a massive fire that broke out in one of the oil wells of government-run oil and natural gas corporation in Surat city of India.

Thirteen fire tenders had reached the spot to douse off the flames, which flared up to the height of 50 meters. However, the fire was so intense that the flames could not be controlled. Seven people were injured in the fire and were immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The entire fire department of the city tried hard to control the flames. The tower near the well also turned to ashes due to the fire. The fire broke out following a blast in the well after leakage in a gas pipeline. This is the third incident of fire to be reported from the site this year.


Thousands of cyclists pedaled in Manila, Philippines to campaign for cleaner air ahead of earth day.

Cyclists rode for more than 15 kilometers, passing by suburbs and highways, campaigning for environmental awareness and access to more bike lanes. Campaigners hope to increase awareness on alternative means of transportation as a means of curbing carbon emissions which is a primary source of air pollution and contributor to global warming. Earth day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 which aims to promote awareness and protection of the environment.


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