World News in Brief: February 17

Sunday, 2019-02-17 19:10:19
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China hopes that the United States and Russia will return to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a senior Chinese official said in Munich, Germany, on February 16.

* Hundreds of Indian forces were on February 17 hunting for the Kashmir chief of the Pakistan-based militant group believed to have masterminded a car bombing on an Indian security convoy, killing 44 paramilitary police.

* Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai held in Chiang Mai on February 16 strategic consultations.

* Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbours to secure peace in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said on February 17, in his latest attempt to weaken ties between regional rival Saudi Arabia and America.

* Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards near the border earlier this week, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on February 17.

* Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on February 17 that he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to strengthen the coordination of both countries' armies in Syria.

* US President Donald Trump on February 16 required European allies to take back 800 Islamic State (IS) militants arrested in Syria after the US withdrawal.

* More than 100 students and teachers of a private college in Northwest, one of the two war-torn English-speaking regions of Cameroon, were kidnapped on early Saturday, according to school authorities.

* Airbus said on February 17 it would have to make "difficult decisions" about future investment if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, adding it had already spent tens of millions of euros in preparations.

* Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj discussed in Sofia on February 16 evening how to strengthen bilateral ties in areas such as trade and tourism.

* The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Saturday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) "support terrorist acts inside Iran."

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on February 17 it had signed military deals worth AED3.87 billion (US$1.1 billion) with international companies.

* Security forces have arrested 10 persons on charge of involvement in militancy, smuggling arms and drug trafficking in the eastern Nangarhar province, provincial governor Shah Mahmoud Miakhil said Sunday.

* At least 80 people held captive by armed bandits in the northwestern state of Zamfara have been rescued by Nigerian government forces, an official said Saturday.

* A fire gutted more than 200 slum houses in the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong on February 17, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 50, police and fire fighters said.