World News in Brief: March 12

Monday, 2018-03-12 07:00:33
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Cubans went to the polls on March 11 to elect the members of the National Assembly of People's Power, who in turn will elect the nation's top leaders in April. Some eight million Cubans are eligible to vote for the 605 deputies of the National Assembly and 1,265 delegates to regional assemblies.

The National Assembly will be installed formally on April 19, when deputies will elect the new Council of State and its new president.

* All 11 people on board the Turkish plane crashed in Iran on March 11 are dead, Iran's Emergency Organization announced. The locals reached the wreckage of crashed plane late evening on Sunday and encountered the corps which are not identifiable and need DNA examination.

* Companies in Britain and the European Union face an extra GBP58 billion (US$80 billion) in annual costs if there is a no-deal Brexit, with Britain's vast financial sector set to be the worst-hit industry, according to a report on March 12.

* US President Donald Trump will support a tailored set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on March 11.

* The Commander of the US Forces in Europe Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti underlined on March 11 US support for Israel in case of war in a joint large-scale military exercise in Israel.
The remark was made during a meeting between Scaparrotti and Israel's Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, at the military's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

* Disney and Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" continued to lead North American box office for four weekends in a row with an estimated earning of US$ 41.13 million, crossing the US$ one-billion mark worldwide.

The superhero film has grossed a spectacular US$562 million in North America through March 11. It also earned US$100 million internationally this weekend, pushing its international cume to US$516.6 million and global cume to US$1,078.6 million to date, according to the studio figures collected by comScore.