World News Roundup: Zimbabwe bus accident; Trump-Kim summit; U.S sanctions
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Russia asks U.N. Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions Thursday
Russia has asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions on Thursday, diplomats said, a move that comes after a planned meeting between top U.S. and North Korean officials in New York this week was postponed. It was not immediately clear why Russia wanted the council to discuss the issue, though China's foreign ministry said last month that Beijing, Moscow and Pyongyang believed it necessary to consider adjusting the U.N. sanctions at an appropriate time.
Trudeau apologizes for Canada's 1939 refusal of Jewish refugee ship
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized on Wednesday for the country's 1939 refusal to take in a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees, adding that the country would do more to protect Canadian Jews from violence. The St. Louis left Hamburg in May 1939 in a desperate search for a safe haven from persecution by Nazi Germany. After it was rebuffed by Canada and other nations, it returned to Europe, where historians have estimated that more than 250 of the passengers were murdered in Nazi death camps.
With eye on chancellery, Merkel protégé wants new era in Germany
Pitching to succeed Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promised on Wednesday a new chapter for Germany in which "people feel at home here" after a period of political turmoil marked by the rise of the far right. Should she secure the CDU leadership, Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, would be in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor. But she makes her pitch as polls show the chancellor's centrist cause is falling out of favour with German voters.
Saudi king shows support for heir on public tour despite Khashoggi crisis
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favourite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Roads were lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they arrived in the central region of Qassim late on Tuesday. Distinguished figures greeted them and children offered flowers.
Palestinians say Egyptian fire kills Gaza fisherman; Cairo denies
Egyptian naval forces fired on a Palestinian fishing boat and killed a fisherman on Wednesday, Gaza's interior ministry said, but an Egyptian military source denied the report. Egypt's navy has in the past shot at Gazans whom it has accused of crossing the maritime border. There was no initial information on whether the fishing boat had crossed into Egyptian waters.
Trump expects Kim summit early next year despite Pompeo postponement
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expects to meet again with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un early next year and that a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials supposed to have taken place this week would be rescheduled. Pompeo had been due to hold talks in New York on Thursday with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol aimed at paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un and at making progress on denuclearization.
At least 47 dead as two buses collide in Zimbabwe: ZBC
At least 47 people have died in a crash involving two buses near the Rusape tollgate in Zimbabwe, state broadcaster ZBC reported http://bit.ly/2ARq4XI on Wednesday. Police have so far identified 47 bodies at the accident scene, ZBC reported, citing a spokesperson for the police department.
U.S. envoy aims to end Iran oil exports without price spike
The United States is determined to push Iranian oil exports to zero, U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook said on Wednesday, through a 'calibrated' approach using maximum economic pressure without lifting oil prices. The United States resumed sanctions on Iran's oil, shipping and banking industries on Monday after President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal earlier this year. It granted temporary exemptions to eight countries allowing them to continue importing Iranian oil, although it said the ultimate goal is to completely halt exports from Iran.
Iran able to flourish under sanctions: Revolutionary Guard
Iran can flourish under sanctions and will defeat the United States in the economic war it has launched, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday. The United States on Monday re-imposed sanctions on Iran's oil, banking and transport sectors and threatened more action to stop Tehran's missile and nuclear programs and curb its influence in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
New U.S. sanctions over chemical weapons would be 'illegal': Kremlin
Russia would consider any new chemical weapons-related sanctions imposed by the United States to be illegal, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it would impose additional sanctions on Russia after Moscow failed to give reasonable assurances it would not use chemical weapons after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)
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