World News in Brief: February 20

Wednesday, 2019-02-20 14:08:30
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Pakistan on February 19 offered India cooperation in the probe into a recent deadly attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir that has soured relations between the neighbors, while Islamabad also sought international help to ease tensions in the region.

* The US side has been urged to view China's development and bilateral trade ties with an open mind and work with China towards the same direction. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on February 19 made the comments when meeting with a US delegation led by US Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Myron Brilliant in Beijing.

* The US State Department confirmed Tuesday that US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams had met with Venezuela officials recently to ensure the security of US personnel in the South American country.

* Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and visiting European Council President Donald Tusk met on February 19 to discuss the situation in and around Ukraine.

* German government and industry should cooperate in the expansion of the new 5G mobile communications standard, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged during a speech at the Digitising Europe Summit in Berlin on February 19.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Slovak, Czech and Hungarian counterparts on February 19, a day after a high-profile summit was cancelled amid a quarrel between Poland and Israel.

* Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani reaffirmed Tuesday in Rabat his country's support to stability in Libya.

* At a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on February 19 stressed the need to fill the gap in the ranks of the defenders of free trade and the single market after the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU.

* UN Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame stressed on February 19 the need to end the political stalemate in Libya, the UN Support Mission in Libya said.

* Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on February 19 shut down a market used by refugees and Tanzanians at Nduta in the western region of Kigoma citing security reasons.

* Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim resigned from his post late on February 18 to run for mayor of Istanbul, said the official website of the parliament.

* Turkey plans to invest an equivalent of US$23 million in 2019 for the land section of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, government's 2019 investment plan said on February 18.

* Chairman of Egypt's Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said on February 19 that an agreement was reached with Russia to establish a company to operate the anticipated 7-billion-US dollar Russian industrial zone east of Port Said before April.

* A man armed with a knife attacked passersby in Marseille, southern France, late on February 19 afternoon before being shot dead by police, state-run France Info radio reported.

* At least 20 Palestinians were shot and wounded on February 19 evening during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.