World News in Brief: May 6

Monday, 2019-05-06 09:41:07
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China is considering canceling trade talks with the United States this week after US President Donald Trump vowed to hike tariffs on China, the Wall street Journal reported on Sunday (May 5) citing a source. Earlier on Sunday, Trump announced he would hike US tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week and target hundreds of billions more soon.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday reiterated Moscow's solidarity with the people of Venezuela and support for its president Nicolas Maduro, said the Russian foreign ministry.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview aired on Sunday that the United States is "still evaluating the appropriate response" to the latest firing of projectiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* The trade between China and Iraq exceeded US$30 billion in 2018, with increasing cooperation between the two countries expected in various fields for the next phase, Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Zhang Tao said in an interview with an official Iraqi newspaper published on Sunday.

* Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming on Sunday urged the United States and Russia to strive to address their differences properly through constructive dialogue and observe the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

* Ismail Haniyeh, the politburo chief of Islamic Hamas movement, said on Sunday that achieving calm in the Gaza Strip is possible "if Israel shows commitment to the ceasefire."

* The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday called for a one-week truce in the capital Tripoli, which is witnessing ongoing clashes between the UN-backed government and the east-based army.

* The Sri Lankan government has reimposed a ban on social media platforms in an effort to stop the spread of rumours after violence erupted between groups of civilians in Negombo, north of the capital and site of one of the Easter Sunday (April 21) bombings.

* Turkish and Russian officials are reviewing deployment of their forces in the Syrian border region of Tel Rifaat, Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday, a day after cross-border fire from the area killed one Turkish soldier.

* Stevo Pendarovski, the joint candidate of the governing coalition Social Democratic Union Party (SDSM) and Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), won North Macedonia's presidential election runoff, an official said on Sunday night.

* Russia believes an extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) should be prioritized, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Sunday.

* Panama's general election began at 7:00 a.m. local time (1200 GMT) Sunday with the opening of 6,911 polling stations at 2,798 voting centers. Panamanians will elect a president and vice president as well as 71 deputies to the National Assembly, 20 to the Central American Parliament, 81 mayors and nine councilors.

* A terror suspect was killed after he detonated explosive materials strapped in body in a police raid on Jakarta's outskirt area of Bekasi on Sunday.

* At least 16 people were killed and 57 others injured in Taliban attack on a provincial police station in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan, on Sunday, sources said.

* The Syrian army said on Sunday that the rebels in and around the northwestern province of Idlib are preparing to launch attacks on the military sites in the neighboring provinces of Latakia and Hama, state news agency SANA reported.

* Several thousand people marched through Mexico City on Sunday to demand the resignation of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the first major protest against the leftist leader in the capital since he took office five months ago.

* Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday (May 6) was a month of holy war.