April 27, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. Japan’s defense minister has welcomed the U.K. government’s plan to deploy a fleet led by its new flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to the Indo-Pacific region.
2.Myanmar’s military chief says he will consider accepting a special envoy whom ASEAN leaders proposed sending to help mediate dialogue among parties involved in the crisis following the February coup. 3. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed never to repeat the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy of 35 years ago. The accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in what is now Ukraine on April 26th, 1986, when one of its reactors exploded.