World News in Brief: May 18, 2019

Saturday, 2019-05-18 10:05:22
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Vietnamese Ambassador in Algeria Pham Quoc Tru has presented his credentials to Algerian President Abdelkader Bensalah. The ceremony was also attended by Algerian Foreign minister Sabri Boukadoum.

* Afghan officials has reported that 17 Afghan police officers have been killed and 14 others wounded in a mistaken air strike targeting the Taliban in late Thursday in Lashkar Gah, in the southern province of Helmand.

* At the reception of his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez thanked the Government of Canada for keeping its stance against the US embargo on La Habana.

* The Republic of Korea’s National Security Office has said that Seoul continued to provide humanitarian food aid to food aid to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, despite concerns about Pyongyang's recent weapons tests.

* Pakistani security forces have killed nine Islamic State militants during an hours-long raid near Quetta in the restive southwest of the country.

* German Prime Minister A. Merkel has announced that she will not take on any senior position in the European Union (EU) after she steps out as German Chancellor in 2021.

* The British opposition party leader sent a letter to Prime Minister T.May, announcing the end of the negotiations with the current British Government, to remove the deadlock for the Brexit process.

* The European Economic and Social Committee has called solutions to encourage European citizens to vote in the European Parliament election, which takes place from May 23-26

* The United States on Thursday terminated Turkey’s preferential trade treatment that allowed some exports to enter the country duty free, but it has halved its tariffs on imports of Turkish steel to 25%.

* At least five people were killed and 37 others wounded after a truck carrying illegal immigrants overturned on Thursday in Turkey's eastern province of Van.

* A 5.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast off Central America shook buildings in El Salvador and Nicaragua’s capital Managua on Thursday.