World News in Brief: April 3

Wednesday, 2019-04-03 14:26:15
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The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo on April 2 stressed the urgency of resolving trade tensions and meeting challenges facing the global economy.

* Troops of India and Pakistan on April 2 exchanged heavy fire and targeted each other's positions along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Kashmir, officials said. The two sides exchanged fire in frontier Rajouri district, 222 km southwest of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

* Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on April 2 unanimously approved the revocation of parliamentary immunity for Juan Guaido, the National Assembly president and head of the opposition.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 2 offered to talk with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in order to break the current Brexit deadlock. In her statement on April 2 evening after seven hours of a cabinet meeting, May offered to sit down with Corbyn to try to agree a plan which allows Britain to leave the European Union with a deal.

* EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said in Brussels on April 2 that a no-deal Brexit was becoming more likely by the day after British lawmakers rejected alternative options.

* Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation on April 2, weeks before his presidential term expires on April 28, official APS news agency reported.

* US President Donald Trump held talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 2, during which he continued urging his European allies to increase military expenditure.

* Russia and Belarus have advanced significantly in the last 20 years along the path of mutually beneficial cooperation and integration, Russian President Vladimir Putin saidon April 2.

* US President Donald Trump warnedon April 2 he was "100 percent" ready to close the southern border if no deal is reached with Congress on immigration reform.

* The Australian government has announced that it will reduce the nation's foreign aid budget by about AUD117 million (US$82.5 million).

* The Saudi-led coalition intercepted two drones launched by the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement towards the city of Khamis Mushait in Saudi Arabia, Saudi press agency SPA said on April 3. Five people were injured by debris, SPA added.

* Nearly 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine arrivedon April 2 in Mozambique, a country already hit with more than 1,000 cases of the deadly diarrheal disease in the wake of Cyclone Idai, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said.

* A dozen militants including Taliban key commander Mawlawi Hussain were killed in Qaisar district of Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on April 2, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.

* More than 42,000 Afghans have been displaced following flooding in the country within the past one month and most needs supplies, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on April 3.

* Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, slightly down from 124 million in 2017, said a UN spokesperson April 2.

Xinhua, Reuters