World News in Brief: April 11

Thursday, 2019-04-11 11:26:56
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on April 10 called for a full stop of the hostilities around the Libyan capital of Tripoli. At a press encounter after briefing the Security Council on Libya, Guterres said he hopes it is still time for a ceasefire to take place and to avoid a bloody battle for the city.

* The United States and China have largely agreed on a mechanism to police any trade agreement they reach, including establishing new "enforcement offices," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on April 10.

* Republic of Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet US President Donald Trump on April 11 hoping to help put denuclearization talks with DPRK back on track after the second summit between the United States and DPRK leaders in February.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May will give the Parliament an updated briefing on the latest Brexit delay on April 11. After an emergency summit of the European Union (EU) agreed to extend the Brexit deadline from April 12 to Oct. 31, the prime minister said in Brussels that she will make a statement to the House of Commons on April 11.

* Sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should not impact humanitarian aid to the country as per relevant Security Council resolutions, said a Chinese envoy on April 10.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on April 10 that China will insist on open tendering when carrying out infrastructure cooperation with European Union (EU) member states and will abide by the EU standards and rules.

* Russia is interested in expanding its military technical cooperation with Ankara and is ready to consider supplying more S-400 air defense missiles to Turkey, the Kremlin said on April 10.

* US President Donald Trump's repeated threat to close the US-Mexico border is a "very bad idea" and would result in huge costs for both countries, Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on April 10.

* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on April 10 night that he had reached an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the delivery of humanitarian aid supplies within the framework of respect for the national sovereignty of his country.

* Australians will go to the polls in a general election on May 18 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison fired the starting gun on April 11 on a campaign set to be fought over taxation, climate change and inequality.

* Six people were reported missing after a cargo train carrying aluminum ore derailed in central China's Henan Province on April 10 night, local authorities said on April 11.

* Security authorities in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on April 10 decided to cancel a mass rally that was planned to be organized on April 11 in support of President Omar al-Bashir.

* The US Navy said Wednesday it has sent a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a guided-missile destroyer in search of a Japanese F-35A jet that crashed off the coast of Japan.

Xinhua, Reuters