World News in Brief: March 31

World News in Brief: March 31

The G20 trade and investment ministers vowed on Monday (March 30) to ensure the continued flow of essential supply, especially medical and pharmaceutical equipment, amid the current global crisis. They issued a statement on the website of the G20 General Secretariat of Saudi Presidency, expressing concern of challenges facing workers and businesses, particularly the most vulnerable ones. (1 hours ago)

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“Motion signals” in Afghan peace process

  24 hours ago
NDO - It seems that the “ultimatum” set for Afghanistan by the US has worked, as the Kabul government recently announced the establishment of a direct negotiation delegation with the Taliban, following its plan to release militants. 

World News in Brief: March 30

  Mar 30, 2020 14:09:11
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired super-large multiple rocket launchers on Sunday (March 29), the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday (March 30) morning. The report said the test was conducted by the Academy of Defence Science to verify the tactical and technological specifications of the launch system once again "to be delivered to units of the Korean People's Army." 

Roundup: COVID-19 death toll in Europe surpasses 21,000, Spain sees new daily high

  Mar 30, 2020 10:31:39
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to ravage Europe, with the death toll in the region climbing to over 21,000 out of more than 360,000 confirmed cases. 

Trump extends national social distancing guidelines to April 30

  Mar 30, 2020 10:31:29
US President Donald Trump said Sunday (March 29) that the national social distancing guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus will be extended to April 30. 

World News in Brief: March 29

  Mar 29, 2020 11:55:22
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies must put an end to trade-restrictive policies to help fight COVID-19, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) said on Saturday (March 28). Such practices would hamper and delay recovery efforts if the engines of trade and investment could not be restarted quickly, Chair of ABAC Rohana Mahmood said in a statement released on Saturday. 

COVID-19 cases in Portugal top 5,000

  Mar 29, 2020 10:25:54
The number of confirmed infections with the coronavirus has risen by 902 to 5,170 in Portugal, with 100 deaths associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, 24 more than Friday, the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on Saturday. 

Trump gives up quarantine on New York, CDC issues travel advisory over COVID-19

  Mar 29, 2020 10:25:44
US President Donald Trump said Saturday (March 28) he asked the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel advisory for the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, scaling back from an earlier suggestion to impose quarantine on those areas. 

Regaining the appeal

  Mar 28, 2020 17:31:21
NDO – After months of delay, the European Union (EU) has agreed to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The decision to open the door to the Western Balkan partners has not only confirmed the EU’s commitment to the region, but also reflects the “post-Brexit” effort to revive the “attractiveness” of the bloc, which seemed to diminish after the breakup with the UK. 

World News in Brief: March 28

  Mar 28, 2020 16:55:04
Twenty provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland had reported no new domestic COVID-19 cases for more than 28 days by the end of Friday (March 27), a health official said Saturday (March 28). As of Friday, a total of 81,394 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 had been reported on the mainland, and 3,295 people had died of the disease. 

UNSC: Vietnam calls for adherence to ceasefire in Libya

  Mar 28, 2020 12:22:22
NDO/VNA – Vietnam has called on all concerned parties in Libya to abide to the temporary ceasefire in Libya and work to early reach a long-term ceasefire and ensure access to humanitarian aid, at an online meeting of the UN Security Council on Libya on March 26 morning. 

ROK reports 146 more COVID-19 cases, 9,478 in total

  Mar 28, 2020 10:07:30
The Republic of Korea (ROK) reported 146 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Saturday (March 28) local time, raising the total number of infections to 9,478. 

Roundup: Italy sees record high single-day deaths, surpasses China in overall coronavirus cases

  Mar 28, 2020 10:07:21
The pandemic claimed 969 lives on Friday (March 27), a new single-day record high in fatalities registered here since the outbreak hit Italy's northern regions on Feb. 21. The cumulative number of coronavirus cases in Italy reached 86,498 on Friday, exceeding the total figure registered in China, according to data by the Civil Protection Department coordinating the national emergency response. 

World News in Brief: March 27

  Mar 27, 2020 16:09:32
The Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Thursday (March 26) pledged to present a "united front" against the common threat posed by COVID-19, while vowing to inject over US$5 trillion to boost the global economy. G20 leaders made the pledges in a joint statement released after Saudi Arabia convened an extraordinary summit by video-link to coordinate multilateral response to the pandemic. 

EU pledges close cooperation in response to coronavirus

  Mar 27, 2020 11:20:38
The European Union pledged on Thursday (March 26) close cooperation in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, vowing to address issues ranging from medical supplies to internal market.