Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 19

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DAR ES SALAAM -- The East African Community (EAC) has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Sudan between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to avoid further loss of life, injuries and damage to property.

The regional bloc also called on both warring parties in Sudan to seek an amicable settlement through the available conflict resolution mechanisms at the regional, continental and international levels, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the EAC headquarters in Tanzania's northern city of Arusha. (Tanzania-EAC-Sudan)

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MOSCOW -- A total of 275 workers were evacuated from a coal mine following an underground fire in Kemerovo region in Russia's Siberia on Wednesday.

All the miners working underground in the Raspadskaya mine have been lifted to the surface and they are now safe, RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing emergency services. (Russia-Mine-Accident)

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JERUSALEM -- An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in Syria due to technical failure, the Israeli military said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, "During a routine activity at night, an unmanned aerial vehicle of the Skylark type fell in the Syrian territory following a technical malfunction. No information was breached." (Israel-Syria-Drone Crash)

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LONDON -- The United Kingdom's (UK) consumer price index (CPI) rose by 10.1 percent in the 12 months to March, down from 10.4 percent in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Wednesday.

"Inflation eased slightly in March, but remains at a high level. The main drivers of the decline were motor fuel prices and heating oil costs, both of which fell after sharp rises at the same time last year," ONS Chief Economist Grant Fitzner noted. (Britain-CPI)

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NEW YORK -- Fox and Dominion Voting Systems reached on Tuesday a 787.5 million U.S. dollars settlement in the voting machine company's defamation lawsuit, allowing Fox News to avoid a potential trial scheduled hours later.

Dominion Voting Systems, one of the most widely used voting equipment companies in the United States, alleged Fox News defamed it by broadcasting unfounded allegations that the company had rigged the election against Donald Trump and that its software manipulated vote counts in U.S. general election in November 2020. (US-Fox News-Defamation-Voting) Enditem

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