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China Launches Its First Home-built Aircraft Carrier.  China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought secondhand from Ukraine, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Chinese Leader Urges Restraint over North Korea in Call with Trump.  China’s president, Xi Jinping, has called on Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to exercise restraint as a US aircraft carrier group headed towards the waters off the Korean peninsula.

Donald Trump Hails Friendship with China’s Xi as Missiles Dead to Syria.  Donald Trump has hailed the start of “a very, very great relationship” with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, after months of Twitter attacks and tension culminated in a candle-lit steak dinner at the billionaire’s palm-dotted Mar-a-Lago resort.

Kashmir Violence: Eight Killed in Clashes during By-election.  Eight people have been killed and scores injured after police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Indian-administered Kashmir. Paramilitary forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets as people protesting against Indian rule stormed polling stations near Srinagar on April 9.

India Maoist Rebels Kill 24 CRPF Policemen in Chhattisgarh.  Suspected Maoists have killed 24 policemen in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, in one of the biggest attacks by the rebels in recent years.

Wanted: Investors to Upgrade India’s Roads.  The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is looking to sell 50 billion rupees ($775 million) worth of the offshore rupee-denominated bond in order to build expressways, economic corridors, bridges and tunnels.