World News in Brief: March 1

Thursday, 2018-03-01 13:46:00
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U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28 went his furthest yet toward endorsing restrictions on gun sales, bucking Republican Party orthodoxy as he challenged lawmakers to go big on legislation he said would help prevent more school shootings.

* A former executive of scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht told prosecutors investigating the company in Peru that he gave money to President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's 2011 election campaign, an attorney for opposition party leader Keiko Fujimori said on local television on February 28.

* Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Februry 28 as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.

* Germany said on February 28 hackers had breached its government computer network with an isolated attack that had been brought under control and which security officials were investigating.

* Chief Brexit negotiator of the European Union (EU) Michel Barnier on February 28 unveiled the union's draft of the Withdrawal Agreement on Brexit, calling on the two sides to accelerate "if we want to succeed in this negotiation".