World News in Brief: April 2

Tuesday, 2019-04-02 14:01:25
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a review of all contracts entered into by the government with companies and other countries to ensure none puts the country at a disadvantage, his spokesman said on April 2.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Beijing on April 1. They agreed to continuously enrich the China-New Zealand comprehensive strategic partnership based on the principles of mutual trust and mutual benefit.

* US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met in Washington on April 1 with Republic of Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said the Pentagon.

* A new gun law following the Christchurch shootings on March 15 has passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament on April 2. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the morning after the shootings that gun laws must change.

* Argentine President Mauricio Macri will seek re-election in the presidential election in October, said Rogelio Frigerio, minister of the interior, public works and housing on April 1. On March 27, Macri said that he would seek re-election. The upcoming general elections will be held on Oct. 27.

* Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) may hold a government reshuffle in the run-up to European Union elections in May, the head of the prime minister's office said on April 2.

* US President Donald Trump said on April 1 he was willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election to get Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan, giving Republicans time to develop a proposal to replace Obamacare.

* Mexico must "act prudently" and have a "friendship policy," said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on April 1, in response to the declarations made by US President Donald Trump to close the US-Mexico border.

* Humanitarian aid workers in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai are fighting to stave off the spread of cholera, establishing 11 treatment centers in Mozambique alone, a UN spokesman said on April 1.

* African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki on April 1 proposed to hold a national reconciliation conference to solve the political crisis in Libya.

* Georgia's port of Poti on April 1 hosted four vessels of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), according to the country's Border Police.

Xinhua, Reuters