World News in Brief: March 22

Friday, 2019-03-22 10:24:58
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Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad arrived in Pakistan on March 21 evening on a three-day visit for talks on bilateral matters with focuses on economic cooperation, officials said.

* China and the United States will hold their eighth round of high-level economic and trade consultations in Beijing from March 28 to 29, the Ministry of Commerce (MOF) saidon March 21.

* European Union's (EU) 27 members unanimously agreed to Art. 50 extension until May 22 if Withdrawal Agreement is approved next week by Britain's House of Commons, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said on Twitter on March 21.

* French President Emmanuel Macron on March 21 said Britain would face a disruptive departure from the European Union (EU), if British Prime Minister Theresa May loses a third parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal next week.

* Ahead of the European summit starting on March 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated her will to fight for an orderly Brexit "until the last day, until the last hour".

* Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared two days of national mourning following the devastating Cyclone Idai which has killed 139 people and left a trail of destruction in the eastern and southern parts of the country.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on March 21 stressed the implementation of larger-scale tax cuts to further boost the vitality of market entities.

* US President Donald Trump said on March 21 that was is time for the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which it seized from Syria in 1967.

* The European Union warned on March 21 of the repercussions of changing the status quo in Jerusalem following the recent developments at al-Aqsa Mosque in the eastern part of the holy city.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry saidon March 21 that "Belarus is a fraternal country, the most reliable, strategic partner of Russia" amid concerns about future bilateral ties.

* Croatia is the "bridge" between the European bloc and the Southeast European countries with which it joins the common past, said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is on an official two-day visit to Croatia, in Zagreb on March 21.

* Brazil's former President Michel Temer was arrested on March 21 in a corruption investigation, according to local media.The arrest was ordered by Judge Marcelo Bretas, who is in charge of the Operation Car Wash investigations on corruption in the government.

* US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on March 21 that the toughest sanctions against Venezuela's Maduro government are "yet to come."

* The number of confirmed deaths from Cyclone Idai in southern Africa has risen to at least 437 with officials expecting the death toll to rise further, a UN official said on March 21.

* Cyprus on March 21 welcomed an agreement between the foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece to start meetings to explore each other's positions on the security aspect of a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

* At least six people were killed and 23 others wounded after three blasts hit New Year celebrations near a shrine in the western side of Kabul on March 21, officials said.

Xinhua