World News in Brief: May 5

Sunday, 2019-05-05 13:31:31
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Unidentified gunmen killed Ghulam Muhammad Mir, a ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader, inside his house in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Sunday (May 5).

* Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided the strike drill of defense units in the East Sea of Korea on Saturday (May 4), the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza will hold talks in Moscow on Sunday and they will discuss the pressure exerted by a group of countries on Caracas and Washington's threats to use force against the incumbent government, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

* US President Donald Trump on Saturday morning praised his latest call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying there is "tremendous potential" for US-Russia ties.

* Israel decided to close borders and sea coast of the Gaza Strip in the wake of the flaring tension with the Palestinian militants, Palestinian officials said Saturday.

* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday stressed the unity of armed forces while supervising a training of military cadets amid tensions in the Latin American country escalated by a failed coup attempt last week.

* The seventh batch of Chinese doctors arrived in South Sudan on Saturday to conduct a one-year medical assistance mission in the world's youngest country. The 15-member team, composed of 13 specialists and two support staff, will replace the outgoing 6th batch.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi held a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over boosting bilateral ties and cooperation in various field, as well as Iraq's desire to transfer American technology into Iraq.

* A two-seater helicopter crashed into the Chesapeake Bay in the US state of Maryland Saturday, local police said, adding that search and rescue was underway.

* The Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday called on the United Nations Security Council to immediately convene to stop the Israeli aerial strikes on the Gaza Strip.

* At least 52 militants, including two local Taliban leaders, have been killed following Afghan army operations in the restive eastern province of Ghazni, the country's Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

* At least six people were killed as cyclone Fani slammed Bangladesh's coastlines after making landfall in the southern region on Saturday, official at Bangladesh's Disaster Management Ministry Mahtab Uddin told Xinhua.

Xinhua