World News in Brief: April 20

Saturday, 2019-04-20 09:22:03
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The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on April 19 held a meeting to discuss the current economic situation, poverty alleviation work in 2018, and a regulation on CPC publicity work. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un will discuss bilateral relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional cooperation in their first official meeting before the end of April, the Kremlin said on April 19.

*US and Japanese senior officials met on April 19 in Washington, discussing bilateral relations, cross-domain cooperation and the Korean Peninsula denuclearization, among other issues.

* The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen started an operation to destroy the network and capabilities of drones in a camp at the presidential palace area in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital, Sanaa, Saudi state TV reported on April 20.

* There is a still a concern that Britain may leave the European Union without a deal to smooth the way, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on April 20, urging Britain to take advantage of a six-month delay to work out the details of its departure.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on April 19 the United States will continue to work to negotiate with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to achieve the Korean Peninsula denuclearization. Pompeo's remarks came after Pyongyang test-fired a new tactical guided weapon earlier this week.

* French President Emmanuel Macron will outline a broad new policy push shaped by months of town-hall style meetings across France in response to the "yellow vest" protest in a press conference on April 25, the Elysee palace said on April 19.

* US President Donald Trump spoke over phone with Libyan army commander Khalifa Haftar on April 15, discussing "ongoing counterterrorism efforts," the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya and the war-torn country's "transition to a stable, democratic political system, said the White House on April 19.

* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on April 19 received a Russian delegation, which was coming from Saudi Arabia. The meeting touched upon the upcoming Astana meeting on Syria, and Assad underlined the importance of ongoing coordination between both sides to make the Astana meeting successful.

* Ukraine's presidential candidates, actor Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, on April 19 held a debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev in front of the crowd of 22,000 spectators ahead of the second round of the country's presidential election (scheduled for April 21).

* At least 48 Palestinians were wounded on April 19 during clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

* Local authorities in Cameroon's troubled English-speaking region of Northwest said on April 19 that 31 armed separatists have laid down their weapons and begun re-integration process into society.

* Peru's judiciary ordered 36 months of preventive prison for ex-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on April 19 as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in a corruption case.