World News in Brief: April 17

Wednesday, 2019-04-17 10:17:32
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The World Food Programme said on April 16 that a month on since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, the WFP has reached one million people with food assistance.

* The US Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Stephen Biegun will travel to Russia this week to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the US Department of State said in Washington on April 16.

* Britain and the European Union on April 16 expressed welcome to the formation of the 18th Palestinian government since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1995.

* US President Donald Trump on April 16 vetoed a congressional resolution calling for an end to US support for Saudi Arabia-led coalition's war in Yemen.

* French President Emmanuel Macron on April 16 told the nation "This is not a time for politics" in a short televised speech in the wake of Notre Dame Cathedral fire, pledging to come out with a response to the "Yellow Vest" movement soon.

* Israel's president said on April 16 that a majority of lawmakers had advised him to task incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the government following the recent elections.

* King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia received on April 16 Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Saudi Press Agency reported. The two sides reviewed close relations binding the two countries in addition to regional developments.

* Iraqi President Barham Salih on April 16 confirmed Iraq and the United States should play a major role in stabilizing the Middle East region and achieving peace and prosperity.

* US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on April 16 met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar over mutual interests, said the Pentagon.

* Egypt is seeking a GDP growth of 6 percent during its 2019/20 fiscal year, Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on April 16.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on April 16 said that the commander of the eastern-based army General Khalifa Haftar has "brought violence into the country and frustrated all hopes of the Libyans."

* At least 21 militants have been killed and 21 villages have been recaptured over the past 24 hours as security forces operations against Taliban fighters are going on in parts of Afghanistan's Ghazni province, provincial government spokesman Aref Nuri said on April 17.

Xinhua