World News in Brief: March 5

Monday, 2018-03-05 11:47:42
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The U.S. embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara will be closed to the public on March 5 due to a security threat and only emergency services will be provided, it said in a statement a day ago.

The embassy advised U.S. citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds and the embassy building and to be aware of their own security when visiting popular tourist sites and crowded places.

* Mexican negotiators taking part in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks in Mexico City, Mexico, said on March 4 it is still possible to find a compromise to the automobiles rules of origin dispute, despite planned U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

* U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold talks on March 5 that offer a chance to project a common front against Iran but are expected to do little to advance seemingly stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects.

* The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has not discussed "at this stage" extending production cuts into next year, the group's president said on March 4, adding that reducing global crude supply inventories remained its focus.

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the United Arab Emirates oil minister and OPEC's president, said in a brief interview ahead of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston: "We feel there is still some market overhang."

* The United States has officially declared that it will not allow any military aggression against Qatar, according to a recent report by the Doha-based Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS).

Xinhua, Reuters