World News in Brief: March 12

Tuesday, 2019-03-12 16:58:43
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Indonesian police's anti-terror squad of Special Detachment (Densus) 88 arrested two terror suspects plotting attacks on police facilities in Lampung, West Kalimantan province, and in capital city of Jakarta, National Police Headquarters Spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said in Jakarta on March 11.

* Republic of Korea's unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean relations said Tuesday (March 12) that it will seek talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to facilitate a dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on March 11 secured "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal just a day before a meaningful vote in the parliament on the deal, according to senior British official in London.

* Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on March 11 jointly unveiled e-plaques for development projects in Bangladesh via video conference, said an official statement issued in New Delhi.

* The United States will withdraw all remaining US personnel from its embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on March 11.

* Armed militants intercepted a passenger bus in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Tuesday morning and kidnapped 13 commuters, said a local official.

* Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on March 11 swore in actor and director-turned-politician Salvador del Solar as his new prime minister.

* Visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan met in Washington on March 11 with US Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials, discussing bilateral ties and regional issues, among others.

* Beijingers have taken part in various voluntary tree planting activities and planted over 200 million trees over the past 40 years, local authorities said Tuesday. China designated March 12 as National Tree Planting Day in 1979.

* At least 46 militants were killed in the exchange of fire in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in the past few days, the Egyptian armed forces said in a statement on March 11.

* US arms exports increased by 29 percent in 2009-2013 and 2014-2018, and the US' share of total global exports rose from 30 percent to 36 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on March 11.

Xinhua