World News in Brief: April 13

Friday, 2018-04-13 06:56:13
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President Donald Trump and his national security aides on April 12 discussed US options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.

* German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel on April 12 ruled out Germany joining a potential US-led military strike against Syria.

On the same day, the British cabinet has "agreed the need to take action" to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons in Syria.

* Britain and the European Union will start talks next week on their future trade relationship after Brexit, diplomats said on April 12.

Britain will leave the EU next March and enjoy a status-quo transition until the end of 2020, according to the current plan.

* The German government on April 12 said it would continue border controls at its border with Austria for six more months to ensure Germany's security and deal with ongoing migrant flows.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on April 12 began his trip to Peru, France and Britain, according to the Canadian Prime Minister Office.

Trudeau will visit Peru from April 12 to 14, France from April 15 to 17, and Britain from April 17 to 20.

* Libyan navy on April 12 rescued 137 illegal immigrants on two rubber boats off the coast of the city of Zawiya, some 45 km west of the capital Tripoli, a navy spokesman told Xinhua.

* Egypt and Russia resumed direct flights between Cairo and Moscow on April 12 after a suspension since late 2015 after a bomb exploded on a Russian plane over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in same year, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russians.

* Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on April 12 suspended the parliament until May 8, a day after six ministers resigned from the nation's unity government.

* Russia is actively implementing a lunar program through 2030, aiming to send astronauts to the moon, President Vladimir Putin said on April 12, Russia's Cosmonautics Day.

Reuters, Xinhua