Main news of April


* Moscow urged the Afghan authorities and the international military coalition to protect the UN mission in Afghanistan after eight UN staffers died when a mob attacked one of its offices in the north of the country

* The European Council approved the decision to mount an EU military operation to support humanitarian efforts in Libya, if asked to do so by the United Nations

* The International Court of Justice on Friday refused to consider a case filed by Georgia accusing Russia of ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

* The confirmed death toll in Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami grew to 11,734, the NHK TV channel said

* The Japanese authorities say 1,000 dead bodies scattered around Japan’s troubled Fukushima power plant are too radioactive for emergency workers to collect


* Russian air traffic controllers have threatened further action over a union leader’s sacking after picketing the building of Russia’s air transport agency Rosaviatsia on Friday.

* Alexander Voloshin, who was voted out as chairman of the world’s top nickel producer, Norilsk Nickel, at last summer’s annual shareholders’ meeting, was reelected to the post, the firm said

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