Reuters World News Summary
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Sri Lanka's president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5 in a move that will likely deepen the country's political crisis. The dissolution, which is expected to be challenged in court, was revealed in an official gazette notification signed by Sirisena which also set the next sitting of parliament for Jan. 17.
Exclusive: Mystery company named by murdered Maltese journalist is linked to power station developer
In February 2017, the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote in her blog about a mystery company in Dubai called 17 Black Limited. She alleged it was connected to Maltese politicians, but offered no evidence. She was unable to discover who owned the company, and it remained unclear whether 17 Black had any significance.
Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror investigation
Australian counter-terrorism investigators were searching two properties in suburban Melbourne on Saturday morning, the day after a man killed one person in what authorities said was a terrorist attack in the city. Police identified the attacker as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, and said that his brother was arrested last year on charges of planning an attack in Melbourne. They had earlier said he was 31 years old.
U.S. may halt refueling of aircraft from Saudi-led coalition: officials
The United States may halt refueling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, a move that would end of the most divisive aspects of U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, acknowledged the matter was under consideration by both countries and suggested that the decision could ultimately be made by Saudi Arabia, given its own refueling capacity.
Standing side by side, top U.S. officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarization of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending U.S. warships close to islands claimed by Beijing in the strategic waterway. During a round of high-level talks in Washington, the two sides aired in sometimes blunt terms many of their main differences, including a bitter trade dispute, freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific waters, self-ruled Taiwan, and China's crackdown on its Muslim minority.
More work needed on Brexit deal, EU negotiators say
EU negotiators told national envoys on Friday that they need more work yet to close a Brexit deal with Britain, diplomats familiar with the briefing told Reuters. One described the update on the state of play be members of European Commission negotiator Michel Barnier's team as "sober" and free of "drama". "More talks to be had," summed up another.
Trump, Macron may clash on European defense in Paris talks
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron headed toward a potential clash in talks on Saturday after Trump took offense to what he called a "very insulting" comment from Macron about the need to create a European army. Fresh off U.S. congressional elections that saw his Republican Party's power erode, Trump is spending the weekend in Paris to bolster the U.S.-European alliance at World War One remembrance ceremonies.
JBS' Batista arrested with ex-Brazil agriculture ministers in probe
Police arrested a controlling shareholder of meatpacker JBS SA and two former Brazilian agriculture ministers on Friday in connection with an investigation into illegal campaign contributions. Joesley Batista, a member of the family that founded the world's largest meat processor, is expected to be held only temporarily, his lawyer André Callegari said. He declined to elaborate on the arrest order or the investigation.
Jo Johnson quits UK government, urges referendum to avoid Brexit chaos
Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, resigned from British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Friday, calling in a withering critique for another referendum to avoid her Brexit plans unleashing Britain's greatest crisis since World War Two. Quitting as a junior transport minister, Johnson called May's Brexit plans delusional and said he could not vote for the deal she is expected to unveil in parliament within weeks.
U.S. postpones sanctions deadline on Russian tycoon's firms
The United States on Friday said it was postponing the enforcement of sanctions on Russian companies EN+ , Rusal and Gaz PAO for nearly four weeks as their top shareholder works on a plan to cut his stakes. The U.S. Treasury Department had given Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska until Dec. 12 to reduce his holdings in the three companies but said in a statement that the deadline had been moved to Jan. 7, 2019.
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