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World News Roundup: UN approves $9 mln in aid for Venezuela; Ukraine introduces martial law for 30 days

Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 27-11-2018 06:12:35 IST
World News Roundup: UN approves $9 mln in aid for Venezuela; Ukraine introduces martial law for 30 days

Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Britain will head into unknown if Brexit deal is rejected: May

Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday that Britain would be thrust into the unknown if parliament rejects the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the European Union, as lawmakers from all sides lined up to criticise the agreement. Under the deal secured with EU leaders on Sunday, Britain will leave the bloc in March with continued close trade ties, but the odds now look stacked against May getting it approved by a divided British parliament.

Brazilian president-elect adds fifth military man to cabinet

Brazil's right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday picked retired General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz as his minister in charge of political relations with Congress, adding a fifth military man to his cabinet. Bolsonaro, a former army captain turned politician who surged to victory on a pledge to end years of corruption and rising violence, made the announcement in a Twitter post.

With little aid, Syria's Raqqa struggles to revive schools

In the Syrian city of Raqqa, children wear hats, scarves and coats to guard against the winter cold as they struggle to catch up on years of lost learning in a classroom with no doors or glazed windows. More than a year since the United States and its allies defeated Islamic State at Raqqa, many of the city's schools still look like battlefields with buildings left lying in rubble and playgrounds dotted with wrecked cars.

Trump says he does not like Russia-Ukraine situation

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he does not like what is happening between Russia and Ukraine, a day after Russian crews seized Ukrainian vessels near Crimea. "We do not like what's happening either way. And hopefully it will get straightened out," Trump told reporters as he left the White House.

U.N. approves $9 million in aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela

The United Nations on Monday announced $9.2 million in health and nutritional aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela, where hunger and preventable disease are soaring amid the collapse of the country's socialist economic system. It is the first U.N. emergency funding for the government of President Nicolas Maduro, which blames the country's economic problems on U.S. financial sanctions and an "economic war" led by political adversaries.

Smog war casualty: China coal city bears brunt of pollution crackdown

Residents in the rugged, overmined city of Jincheng in northern China's coal heartland have been breathing a little easier after campaigns to reduce pollution forced dozens of collieries and chemical plants to close. "Everything was covered in dust, and it's cleaner now," said Zhang Haibin, a 44-year-old farmer living in a largely abandoned hamlet on the edge of a defunct coal deposit that once attracted migrant workers from across the country.

U.S. prosecutors oppose request for unsealing possible Assange charges

Federal prosecutors have told a United States District Court judge that they oppose a request by a journalists' group for the unsealing of any pending U.S. criminal indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and declined to admit whether such charges exist. In a filing submitted on Monday to Judge Leonie Brinkema, prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia said a recent disclosure in a court document filed in an unrelated criminal case that prosecutors had obtained a sealed indictment against Assange was an "unintentional error."

Qatar Airways announces more flights to Iran weeks after U.S. sanctions reimposed on Tehran

Qatar Airways will add more flights to Iran from January, the state-owned Gulf airline announced on Monday just weeks after the United States re-imposed sanctions aimed at crippling Tehran's economy. President Donald Trump has threatened to bar companies that continue to do business with Iran from the U.S. market.

British academic on way home from UAE after pardon for spying conviction

A British academic was on his way home from the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday after a pardon saved him from a life sentence for spying, according to a Reuters photographer. The UAE said it had pardoned Matthew Hedges after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency. Britain has denied he was a spy and welcomed his pardon.

Ukraine introduces martial law citing threat of Russian invasion

Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine's defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend.

(With inputs from Reuters)

(With inputs from agencies.)

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