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News brief: Big stories of the day

File photo: China's President Xi Jinping. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 26, 2019, 08.51 AM (IST)

Chinese President Xi defends Belt and Road, says 'not exclusive club'

Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Friday to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying his global infrastructure project "is not an exclusive club".

French President Macron outlines response including tax cuts to months of 'yellow vest' protests

At the first major news conference on domestic policy of his presidency, Emmanuel Macron pledged to cut taxes on Thursday and said the French would have to work longer as he outlined his response to months of anti-government protests that have shaken his authority.

Egypt referendum firms up Sisi rule as regional unrest flares 

As mass protests rock other Arab countries, a snap referendum in Egypt has gone against the grain and cemented President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule for years to come.

Cyclone Kenneth hits Mozambique after lashing Comoros

Cyclone Kenneth battered northern Mozambique on Thursday with gusts of up to 280 km per hour (174 miles per hour) after killing three people on the island nation of Comoros overnight.

Lok Sabha polls 2019: PM Modi to file nomination from Varanasi today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination for Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency in Varanasi on Friday.

All senior leaders of the BJP, NDA and North East Democratic Alliance are expected to be present in the city to mark the occasion. For today, the Prime Minister is expected to begin his schedule with prayers at the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple.