World News in Brief: April 12

Friday, 2019-04-12 10:12:23
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde on April 11 urged policy makers to "do no harm" and avoid wrong trade policies, as the global economy experiences broad-based slowdown with a prospect of a "precarious" rebound.

* Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was elected again as chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the DPRK, the official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported on April 12.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call for "calm and utmost restraint by all" in Sudan, where longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military, a UN spokesman said on April 11.

* The six-month delay of Britain's exit from the European Union avoids the "terrible outcome" of a "no-deal" Brexit that would further pressure a slowing global economy but does nothing to lift uncertainty over the final outcome, the head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on April 11 at a news conference during the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington.

* Myanmar and Sri Lanka have vowed to further strengthen bilateral relations and deepen bilateral cooperation in various sectors, according to Myanmar's Foreign Ministry on April 12.

* New Zealand's new gun law officially took effect on April 12 less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.

* The United Nations and the Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) society are working to provide assistance to those in need among the 10 million people affected by heavy rains and flash flooding in Iran, a UN spokesman said on April 11.

* The number of initial jobless claims in the United States dropped by 8,000 last week, almost reaching its lowest level since October 1969, according to a report released by the US Department of Labor on April 11. In the week ending April 6, the number of people filing for unemployment benefits dropped to 196,000 from the previous week's revised figure. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 202,000 to 204,000.

* The Pentagon said on April 11 that senior delegations from the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met in Washington on April 9-10 for the fourth meeting of the Joint Military Dialogue to discuss defense challenges.

* Sudan's Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on April 11 was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported. He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month. The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

* The US Senate on April 11 confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to formally lead the department. The Republican-controlled upper chamber approved Bernhardt's nomination in a 56-41 vote, with support from several Democrats who crossed party lines.

* Switzerland's official development assistance (ODA) trimmed slightly to 0.44 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) last year, down from the United Nations target of 0.7 percent, the government said On April 11.

* Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on April 11 voiced confidence that the country would get a positive recommendation from the European Commission to start accession talks with the European Union (EU) in June.

* The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 said that the clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli between the eastern-based army and the UN-backed government's forces have killed 56 people and injured 226 others so far.

* Latvian lawmakers on April 11 voted down a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins proposed by a group of opposition MPs and some "rebel" lawmakers from the ruling KPV LV party, said parliamentary spokesperson.

* US prosecutors said on April 11 they have charged Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with conspiracy to commit computer hacking. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 while on bail in Britain over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden and had remained in the Ecuadorean embassy in London until his arrest on April 11.

* Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and visiting US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad discussed prospects for the start of the Afghan peace process, the press service of Uzbek foreign office said on April 11.

Xinhua, Reuters