World News in Brief: April 5

Friday, 2019-04-05 14:32:29
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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on April 4 highlighted Cuba's role as a "key ally" in promoting multilateralism and world peace in a volatile international context.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a message delivered to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, on April 4 that new substantial progress has been made on the text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past more than one month.

* Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko deniedon April 4 NATO's accusations that Moscow has deployed nuclear-capable missiles in Europe in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

* British Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, met again on April 4 as efforts are underway in search of a Brexit breakthrough. A Downing Street spokesperson said after the latest round of talks, which lasted about five hours, that they had been detailed and productive.

* The Italian government has approved a so-called "growth decree" designed to kickstart the country's shrinking economy, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio announced late on April 4.

* During joint statements with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras after their meeting on April 4, visiting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen called for patience to avoid a hard Brexit and stronger cooperation among EU member states to address the migration issue.

* Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Sofia on April 4 expressed worries over Brexit. It was pity that the British people have decided to leave the European Union (EU), and it was impossible to anticipate how this process would continue in the coming days and weeks, Steinmeier said at a joint press conference after bilateral talks.

* Foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) wrapped up their two-day meeting in Washington on April 4, focusing their discussions on Russia and counter-terrorism.

* BRICS Business Council members on April 4 vowed to do more to promote economic growth in their countries during their mid-term meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

* Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated that the government is open to helping terrorists' children return to their native home.

* The US government donated 37 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles ( MRAPs) to the Albanian Armed Forces in a ceremony held in Tirana on April 4, a help to boost Albania's military capabilities.

* Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on April 4 warned the United States not to interfere in the country's local elections held on March 31. On April 2, Robert Palladino, US State Department spokesman, called on all parties to recognize the outcome of the Turkish elections after an initial count showed the main opposition leading in the largest city Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

* A senior UN official on April 4 asked the leaders of Israel and Palestine to reverse the trajectory of violence and work toward a two-state solution.

* Initial delivery of Russian made S-400 air defense system parts will start in June, as planned before, Turkish officials said on April 4.

* Ukraine has successfully tested its new high-precision missile system Vilkha-M, the country's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) said on April 4.

* At least two labourers were killed and eight others injured on April 5 after the third floor of an under-construction multi-level car parking building collapsed in southern Indian city of Bengaluru, police said.

* About 565 people might have been killed by the explosive remnants of the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria's restive northeast region in 2018, according to a report by the United Nations anti-mine agency released on April 4.