World News in Brief: March 24

Sunday, 2019-03-24 10:18:36
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Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on March 23 night issued a tsunami warning for six provinces, including Ranong, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang and Satun, after earthquakes (5.0-5.2 magnitude) occurred in the Indian Ocean.

* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced On March 23 the arrest of a "powerful Colombian paramilitary leader" in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo but he did not reveal the name of the person arrested.

* Hundreds of thousands of people on March 23 marched through central London calling for another referendum on Brexit as the country is caught by the Brexit impasse again. The campaign came after the European Union agreed to delay the Britain's departure from the EU.

* Pakistan observed its 79th Republic Day on March 23 and vowed to achieve the goal of reforming the country into a welfare state, according to commemorating messages by President Arif Alvi.

* US President Donald Trump claimed On March 23 the "liberation" of all territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, while vowing to remain vigilant until "it is finally defeated."

* Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on March 23 called for an immediate action against migration at an international conference.

* Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave on March 23 night for Washington to meet with US President Donald Trump. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on March 25 at the White House and on March 26 over dinner.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on March 23 called for the activation of agreements with the EU regarding the training of the Libyan border security.

* At least three protesters were killed when Yemeni security forces attempted to break up a demonstration in the southern port city of Aden on March 23, residents told Xinhua.

* Russia plans to launch a Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit in mid-May, local media reported On March 23.

* The Saudi-led military coalition mounted raids on Houthi sites in Yemen's capital Sanaa on March 23, Al-Arabiya television.

* At least 16 militants were killed and 15 others wounded after Afghan Air Force launched airstrikes against Taliban positions in the country's northern province of Faryab, authorities said On March 23.

* Gunmen killed at least 134 Fulani herders in central Mali on March 23, a local mayor said, the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence.

* Mozambique reported scores more deaths on March 23 from a cyclone and floods around southern Africa that have killed at least 732 people and left thousands in desperate need of help, many on rooftops and trees.

* At least 21 people suffered suffocation on March 23 after the rebels used poisonous gas while shelling a town in the central province of Hama, state TV reported.

* A cruise ship has suffered engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway and will evacuate its 1,300 passengers, Norwegian police said on March 23. The country's maritime rescue service said the Viking Sky was drifting towards land and had sent out a mayday signal.

* A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck western Colombia in the Andes on March 23 but it was deep, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck 32 miles (51.5 km) northwest of the city of Tula, but it was 70.4 miles (113 km) deep, which would have dampened the shaking.