World News in Brief: March 28

Thursday, 2019-03-28 20:39:49
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Most United Nations (UN) Security Council members expressed regret on March 27 over the decision by the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The 15-member council held a meeting and heard briefings on the situation in the occupied territory in the afternoon at the request of Syria.

* The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 27 accused the United States of plotting a bio-chemical war against it.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Republic of Korea (RoK) Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon in Boao, Hainan, on March 27, and the two sides expressed willingness to deepen bilateral cooperation.

* US President Donald Trump said on March 27 that Russia should pull back its presence in Venezuela, a day after Russia defended its position on this issue.

* Venezuela has been taking steps to restore electricity nationwide following a second widespread blackout this month, the government said in a statement.

* Theresa May on March 27 agreed to step down as British Prime Minister after Brexit deal is delivered. She made the statement when addressing the 1922 Committee, the Conservatives' parliamentary group in the House of Commons.

* A Chinese envoy said on March 27 that the Golan Heights is recognized by the international community as an occupied territory.

* In a stark contrast with the United States, the European Union does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the 28-member EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said on March 27 in a statement.

* French President Emmanuel Macron's office, the Elysee, on March 27 announced the departure of two ministers and the government's spokesperson to prepare their bids for the upcoming European election and municipal contest.

* The United States asked Russia to postpone the launch of the Soyuz MS-13 to the International Space Station (ISS) for two weeks in order to increase the number of American astronauts at the station, Russian media reported on March 27.

* The US economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2018 was revised down to an annual rate of 2.2 percent, from the previously reported 2.6 percent, the US Commerce Department said on March 27 in its final estimate.

* British lawmakers on March 27 overwhelmingly voted to change original Brexit departure date in law to April 12 or May 22 as British Prime Minister Theresa May was in an 11 hour appeal to Tory MPs to back her Withdrawal Agreement. MPs voted 441 to 105 in the House of Commons to bring the new Brexit date into law and remove the original plan for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) on March 29.

* The Syrian air defenses responded to Israeli airstrike in Syria's northern province of Aleppo overnight on March 27, intercepting a number of missiles before reaching their targets, according to the state news agency SANA.

* At least 30 people died in the flash floods that ravaged most parts of Iran over the last days, Iranian Legal Medicine Organization (ILMO) said in a statement on March 27.

* Yemeni government forces said on March 28 that 30 Houthi fighters were killed in an ambush in the country's southern province of al-Dhalea.

* More than 410,000 Ukrainians living abroad are set to take part in the country's presidential election on March 31, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency said on March 27, citing a senior Foreign Ministry official.