World News in Brief: February 18

Monday, 2019-02-18 15:27:47
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170 students and their teacher in a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon were released on February 17, two days after their abduction by gunmen, according to school authorities.

* Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Monday (February 18) the country's high commissioner in India was called back and left New Delhi Monday morning.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on February 17 that the upcoming new round of US sanctions against Russia will be senseless like previous ones.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on February 17 urged her conservative fellow MPs to unite and back the Brexit deal she agreed with the European Union (EU) amid the current deadlock.

* Libyan security on February 17 freed 14 Tunisian workers kidnapped by gunmen a few days ago in the western city of Zawiya, some 45 km west of the capital Tripoli.

* The Arab Parliament said on February 17 that it would present its demands to the Arab and EU leaders during their coming summit, which will be held in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Feb. 24-25.

* The Israeli cabinet said on February 17 that it was freezing the transfer of about half a billion of shekels (US$138.22 million) to the Palestinian National Authority (PA).

* Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud will start on February 17 an official Asian tour, Sabq local online news reported. The visit, including Pakistan, China and India, will be the first of this year and comes after a regional tour to some Arab countries in November 2018.

* Russia and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a contract to supply the S-400 air defense missile systems to the kingdom, local media reported on February 17.

* Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud on February 17 signed with Pakistan eight agreements worth US$20 billion, Al Arabiya TV reported. One of the agreements is about Saudi Arabia's Aramco-run refinery in the Pakistani port of Gwadar, one of the world's largest refineries, at a value of US$10 billion.

* Polish officials may cancel their planned trip to Israel, the head of the prime minister's office, Michal Dworczyk, said on February 18 after media reported remarks by Israel's prime minister suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.

* Yemeni government and Houthi representatives have reached an agreement on the first phase of their redeployment of forces under a U.N.-sponsored deal for the warring armies to leave the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, the United Nations said on February 17.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Kuwait next month to hold the third round of strategic dialogue between the two countries, Kuwait's state news agency quoted the deputy foreign minister, Khaled Al-Jarallah, as saying on February 17.

Xinhua, Reuters