World News in Brief: February 19

Tuesday, 2019-02-19 10:18:46
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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit Washington on February 21-22 to continue trade negotiations with the United States, the Commerce Ministry in Beijing said.

* Russia will deliver 300 tons of humanitarian aid to Venezuela, local media reported on February 18, quoting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

* Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said he had a positive meeting with the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier on February 18 and would meet him again later in the week.

* Demonstrations were held on February 18 in Washington, New York, Chicago and dozens of other US cities against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration aimed to secure funding for the highly controversial US-Mexico border wall.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expects the implementation of the first phase of Hodeidah troop withdrawal "will be carried out immediately" by the Yemeni warring parties, a UN spokesman said on February 18.

* Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on February 18 fired one of his most senior aides, Secretary General Gustavo Bebianno, amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party's congressional candidates, a presidential spokesman said.

* Nigeria's electoral commission approved on February 18 the resumption of political campaigning, the body said in a statement, after the general elections were delayed by a week last Saturday (February 16).

* Brazil's Ministry of Mining and Energy on February 18 unveiled measures to prevent a repeat of last month's fatal dam disaster, which killed at least 169 people and left 140 missing.

* The Venezuelan government on February 18 said it will send humanitarian aid to Cucuta, a Colombian town bordering Venezuela, to help improve the difficult situation facing children in the area.

* Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita and Libya's Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha discussed on February 18 in Rabat security situation in Libya.

* At least seven Palestinians were injured on February 18 evening during clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza, medics said.

* The Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj signed on February 18 in Rabat four agreements to cement bilateral cooperation.

* The Bangladeshi government has blocked nearly 2,000 pornography and gambling websites in fulfilment of a directive issued by the country's High Court recently.

Xinhua, Reuters