World News in Brief: May 17, 2019

Friday, 2019-05-17 10:56:22
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NDO – The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt has celebrated the 129th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh, with the attendance of representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with international guests.

* In Vientiane, the Laos Ministry of Industry and Commerce has organised a conference to mark the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, aiming to help local officials understand more about the meaning of the historic victory for the revolution in Indochina.

* US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order barring US firms from using telecom gear from foreign sources that may pose risk to US security.

* China's commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng has declared that China resolutely opposes countries from imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at Chinese entities.

* The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has voiced its opposition to new measures taken by the US against Cuba, which will affect the lives of Cuban people.

* The Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) has announced a 72 hour suspension for negotiations with protesters on setting up a civil government.

* The US Department of Transportation has announced the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the US and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country.

* Pakistan has decided to extend the closure of its airspace for flights to and from India until May 30.

* German migrant rescue NGO SeaWatch said that it has rescued 65 migrants off the coast of Libya.

* Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has condemned what he described as a "racist" and unacceptable attack on the country's ambassador to Israel.

* An envelope containing a bullet has been sent to the Turin mayor’s office in Italy, with the name of the recipient Mayor Chiara Appendino.

* Leader of the Basque separatist group (ETA) in Spain, Josu Ternera, has been arrested by the French and Spanish security forces after 16 years on the run.

* The French government has said that the country's unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2019 was at 8.7%, down 0.1% from the same period last year and the lowest level since 2009.

* The Austrian parliament has passed a law that aims to ban headscarves from being worn in elementary schools, proposed by the ruling right-wing coalition.

* Health officials in the Gaza Strip have said that at least 65 Palestinian people were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.

* Ecuador has rejected the connection between the decision to withdraw the asylum status of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with a recently signed trade deal between the country and the UK.