World News in Brief: April 4

Thursday, 2019-04-04 10:35:08
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British lawmakers on April 3 night voted to support a bill that rules out no-deal and delays Britain's departure from the European Union in a narrow margin. The cross-party bill, which was fast-tracked through the House of Commons earlier on April 3, was approved by MPs by 315 to 310 votes after its second reading.

* The Venezuelan government on April 3 said it plans to restructure the National Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec) in the wake of successive nationwide blackouts that paralyzed schools and businesses. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said President Nicolas Maduro ordered the "intervention, restructuring and modernization" of the utility.

* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on April 3 that the military alliance does not want a "new arms race" with Russia while urging Moscow to keep compliance with a landmark arms control treaty.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on April 3 agreed to further develop the strategic partnership of the two countries and enhance their comprehensive cooperation in various fields.

* Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on April 3 held talks with visiting UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres over various regional issues and ongoing efforts to combat terrorism.

* Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, told the Security Council that the United Nations supports the Haitian leaders' wish to end the mandate of the UN mission known as MINUJUSTH in October.

* At least 520 civilians have been killed in the past four years of war in Yemen's northeastern province of Jawf, according to separate reports released from the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels on April 3.

* Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on April 3 that his country will not step back from the deal to buy the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

* Recent floods across Iran have claimed the lives of at least 62 and injured 478 others, Iranian Legal Medicine Organization (ILMO) said on April 3.

* Cargo movement at Latin American and Caribbean ports increased 7.7 percent in 2018, the Chile-based United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported on April 3.

* The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc, on April 3 warned of a looming food crisis in eastern Africa where 10.7 million people are food insecure.

* Eight people were killed and 30 others were injured in a road accident that took place on April 3 in the northern town of Moulay Bousselham, Moroc.