World News in Brief: March 30

Saturday, 2019-03-30 12:41:28
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A new bill will be proposed to Singapore's parliament on Monday (April 1) to require online news sites to publish corrections or warnings on fake news, or remove such articles in extreme cases, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in Singapore on March 29.

* Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on March 29 that the European Union (EU) must be open to a long extension of Brexit if Britain decides to "fundamentally reconsider its approach to Brexit and put back on the table options previously ruled out".

* Russia has no plans to isolate the Internet but must prepare for a possible disconnection from the global network, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on March 29.

* US President Donald Trump said on March 29 that trade talks with China were going very well, but cautioned that he would not accept anything less than a "great deal" after top US and Chinese trade officials wrapped up two days of negotiations in Beijing.

* Republic of Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump scheduled a summit in Washington on April 11 to discuss Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and other alliance issues, the White House said.

* US President Donald Trump said on March 29 he will probably talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the crisis in Venezuela.

* Libyan authorities on March 29 said they rescued 117 illegal immigrants off the coast of the western city of Al-Khoms, some 120 km east of the capital Tripoli.

* Israeli army tanks stationed on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel struck on March 29 night two military posts of the Islamic Hamas movement in southern and northern Gaza Strip, causing no injuries, according to local media reports.

* China has asked Canada to take effective measures to improve its exports safety, said a statement issued on March 29 by the Chinese Embassy in Canada.

* President Donald Trump threatened on March 29 to close the nation's southern border with Mexico next week, potentially disrupting millions of legal border crossings and billions of dollars in trade, if Mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.

* Pakistan broke ground for the construction of the China-funded New Gwadar International Airport on March 29, which would link Pakistan's fast-rising southwest Gwadar port city with the rest of the world.

* Turkey hosted more than 3.2 million foreign visitors during the first two months of 2019, rose by 7.4 percent year-on-year, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said On March 29.

* Global e-commerce sales grew 13 percent in 2017, hitting some US$29 trillion, according to the latest statistics released on March 29 by the United Nations body.

* Iran's traffic police on March 29 issued a "serious" alert asking people to avoid taking trips in the coming days, Tasnim news agency reported. Rain and snow will wrap up the country for three days from March 30. Over the past days, flash floods and landslides claimed at least 44 lives and injured 265 others across Iran.