Xinhua world news summary at 0900 GMT, April 11

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ZAGREB -- China and Croatia on Wednesday pledged to make concerted efforts to further consolidate their traditional friendship and boost bilateral win-win cooperation in various fields.

In a joint statement issued during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to the European country, the two sides agreed to expand collaboration within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). (China-Croatia-BRI)

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WASHINGTON -- Leaders from three major international organizations warned here Wednesday that the slowdown in trade puts the future of poverty reduction at risk.

During a public event at World Bank in Washington D.C., Kristalina Georgieva, interim president of the World Bank, said there is a long history to prove that trade is good for growth, jobs and poverty reduction. (US-Trade-WTO IMF WB)

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese Armed Forces will announce an important statement soon, official Sudan TV reported Thursday.

The official TV cut its program and started broadcasting the national song. (Sudan-Army-1ST LD WRITETHRU)

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CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday night that he had reached an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the delivery of humanitarian aid supplies within the framework of respect for the national sovereignty of his country.

Maduro said he had a meeting with Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC and Sophie Orr, the ICRC's regional director for the Americas on Tuesday night at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (Venezuela-Red Cross-Aid) Enditem

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