World News in Brief: April 8

Monday, 2019-04-08 12:29:26
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British Prime Minister Theresa May on April 7 said that her talks with the opposition Labour Party to break the current Brexit deadlock would mean "compromise on both sides."

* The European Union (EU) chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin on April 8, according to a government statement released on April 7 night.

* The United States called on April 7 for an immediate halt to military operations in Libya as the Libyan National Army headed by Khalifa Haftar advanced on the capital, Tripoli. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Washington was "deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli" and urged talks to end the fighting.

* Turkey's ruling party is preparing to apply to the Supreme Election Council for a recount of all votes cast in Istanbul in last Sunday (March 31)'s local elections, a senior party official said on April 7.

* New Zealand's Royal Commission inquiry into deadly shooting attacks on two Christchurch mosques would report back to the government by December 10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on April 8.

* US President Donald Trump on April 7 tweeted that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen "will be leaving her position."Current US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become acting secretary for the department, Trump said in another tweet.

* Sudan's Minister of Information and Communications Hassan Ismail on April 7 warned against the possibility of a civil war due to the state of political polarization, Sudan's Ashorooq net reported.

* Spain's Socialists would win a general election scheduled for April 28 with 31.1 percent of the votes, a poll published on April 8 in newspaper ABC said, equivalent to between 137 and 139 seats in the 350-seat parliament, but short of a majority.

* A US tourist and her tour guide who were kidnapped in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday (April 2) by unknown gunmen have been rescued.

* The death toll in the clashes near the Libyan capital Tripoli between forces of the UN-backed government and the eastern-based army rose to 21, according to the Ministry of Health.

Xinhua, Reuters