World News in Brief: April 17

Tuesday, 2018-04-17 06:26:59
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 16 discussed the situation in Syria and the possible political process there.The two leaders agreed on telephone call that the situation was particularly urgent.

* Russia on April 16 urged the global chemical arms watchdog inspectors to complete their mission in Syria as soon as possible to establish the truth following the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma earlier this month.

* Syrian air defenses intercepted all missiles fired the Shayrat airbase in the central province of Homs after midnight April 17, local media reported.

* French President Emmanuel Macron said on April 16 France will contribute €50 million (US$61.9 million) toward urgent humanitarian aid for Syria following a meeting with a group of non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Paris.

* Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), watched the ballet "The Red Detachment of Women" performed by a visiting Chinese art troupe in Pyongyang on April 16 evening.

* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on April 16 called on Turkey to contribute to the alliance's plan to launch a training mission in Iraq to fight terrorism.

* South Africa will host an investment summit later this year to lure 1.2 trillion rand (about US$100 billion) over five years, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on April 16.

* Ireland will start exporting beef to China very shortly, announced the Irish agriculture minister on April 16.

In early 2016, Hungary became the first EU member state allowed to export beef to China.

* A US federal judge ruled on April 16 that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully created facial templates for people without their permission.