World News in Brief: March 29

Friday, 2019-03-29 11:07:48
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Cambodia signed on March 28 to support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) country strategic plan (2019-2023), aiming at addressing food security and nutrition challenges in the country.

* At the meeting on March 27 between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, also chairman of the the Philippine ruling PDP-Laban party and Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the two sides expressed their willingness to enhance their cooperation and achieve "even better" relations between the two countries.

* The Russian troops will stay in Venezuela as long as the legitimate Venezuelan government needs them, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on March 28. Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela on March 23, carrying nearly 100 troops and 35 tons of materials, said media reports.

* Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez announced on March 28 the start of a new phase in reconstructing the country's national electricity system following attacks this month.

* The British House of Commons will hold a vote on the withdrawal agreement on Friday in a fresh effort to break the current Brexit deadlock. The decision was made after the British government is seeking to hold the vote on Brexit deal on Friday following a debate on March 28 in the parliament.

* Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to stand trial next week (April 3) for alleged corruption involving a subsidiary of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) after previous delay.

* Croatia and Latvia want a strong Europe, as well as to preserve the unity of the European Union and NATO, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and visiting Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis agreed in Zagreb on March 28. The presidents said that only a strong and secure European Union could be a guarantor of security in this part of the world.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on March 28 called on world leaders to come to New York in September with concrete plans of action against global warming for a UN Climate Summit.

* Global warming has accelerated and brought about grave socio-economic challenges to the world, a report of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) showed.

* A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake was registered off the coast of the Russian Far East Kamchatka Peninsula, authorities said on March 29. According to preliminary information, no damage or casualties have been reported, said the ministry.

* The Jordanian King Abdullah II wrapped up on March 28 evening a working visit to Morocco during which bilateral ties have been deepened and unified positions were expressed regarding key regional issues.

* At least 50 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on March 28 by US-led airstrikes on a caves area in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

* At least 44 people died in the flash floods that hit most parts of Iran over the past days, an official with Iran Emergency Organization said on March 28. Besides, at least 265 people were injured in the flash floods over the past days.

* Cyprus is expected to maintain its capacity to repay its sovereign debt, currently just above 100 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), but international developments may impair this capacity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on March 28.

* Mexican authorities on March 28 raised the threat level of the Popocatepetl volcano following changes in its pattern of explosions, which have resulted in increased expulsion of incandescent material.

* One of the severely injured victims of the Dutch city of Utrecht tram shooting that took place on March 18 died in hospital on March 28, the public prosecutor announced. The latest death has brought the total number of people died from the shooting incident to four.

* Yemen's National Committee to investigate alleged violations to human rights said on March 28 that it had documented 776 cases, leaving 408 civilians dead in six months.