World News in Brief: March 4

Sunday, 2018-03-04 14:00:01
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China does not want a trade war with the United States but will defend its interests, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said at a briefing on Sunday (March 4), after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

* Germany's Social Democratic Party voted for a government coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservative Union, local media reported Sunday. The result ended the five-month-long political stalemate after the September 24, 2017, Federal Parliament elections.

* Militants in Syria's eastern Ghouta have imposed a curfew in areas under their control to prevent civilians from leaving through a humanitarian corridor while a truce is in place, Interfax news agency reported, citing Russian military.

* Germany and France will bring forward plans to introduce a common corporation tax system in response to tax cuts announced by the U.S. President Donald Trump administration, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

* Almost a week after a deadly quake struck the rugged Papua New Guinea highlands, nearly 150,000 people remain in urgent need of emergency supplies as damaged roads and landslides have hampered the delivery of aid to isolated communities, agencies have said.

Reuters, Xinhua