Below is a summary of the current world news briefing.
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un calls for readiness for nuclear attack on US, South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called on the country to stand ready for a nuclear attack to prevent war, North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said on Monday, accusing the United States and South Korea of expanding joint military exercises involving U.S. nuclear assets. Kim’s comments came as the isolated nation held strong warnings to allies on Saturday and Sunday with what KCNA said was aimed at strengthening its “war deterrence and nuclear counterattack capabilities”.
Gunman arrested after attacking Israeli couple in West Bank town
A Palestinian gunman opened fire on an Israeli couple in a West Bank town Sunday, wounding them, following a similar shooting last month that prompted violent attacks by Israeli settlers. The wounded Israeli, also a U.S. citizen, returned fire with soldiers present, wounding the gunman, who was hunted down by troops and captured, Israeli officials said.
Putin welcomes Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia at critical moment
Three days after he was charged with war crimes in Ukraine by an international tribunal, Russian President Vladimir Putin will look forward more than ever to Chinese President Xi Jinping when he welcomes him to Moscow on Monday Out of solidarity. Xi will be the first world leader to shake Putin’s hand since the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant for the Russian leader over the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia since the war began.
Biden tells Netanyahu he supports compromise on Israeli judicial reform
U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that democratic values are a hallmark of U.S.-Israel relations and said he supports finding compromises in controversial judicial reforms. Netanyahu assured Biden that Israel’s democracy was healthy, according to his office.
Ahead of Xi’s visit, Putin welcomes China’s role in Ukraine crisis
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed China’s willingness to play a “constructive role” in resolving the Ukraine crisis in an essay published on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit on Sunday. The Kremlin said it was an article written for a Chinese newspaper, and Putin called Xi his “good old friend” and said Russia had high hopes for his visit, the first in China since Putin launched a “special military operation” last year. Leader visits Russia for the first time.
Colombian president suspends ceasefire with criminal groups
Colombian President Gustavo Petro said on Sunday he had suspended a ceasefire with the Clan del Golfo, the country’s largest criminal organization, after it attacked police. “I have ordered the Armed Forces to restart all military operations against Clan del Golfo,” Petro said in a tweet. “We will not allow them to continue to sow anxiety and terror in the community.”
Ecuador, Peru authorities assess damage after quake kills at least 15
Authorities in Ecuador and Peru worked Sunday to assess damage from a powerful earthquake that shook the region the previous day, killing at least 15 people and injuring hundreds more. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador’s coastal province of Guayas at noon Saturday, with residents reporting shaking across much of the country, as well as in Peru’s northern border town.
Xi: China’s proposal on Ukraine embodies international consensus
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that Beijing’s proposals on how to resolve the Ukraine crisis reflected global views and sought to smooth out consequences, but acknowledged the solution would not be easy. In an article published at the start of his visit to Moscow – the first by a world leader since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin – Xi also called for Ukraine takes “pragmatism”.
France’s Macron faces another test of no-confidence vote on pension reform on Monday
French President Emmanuel Macron faces a critical moment on Monday when France’s National Assembly will vote on a no-confidence motion his government put forward on Thursday bypassing parliament to push for an unpopular increase in the state pension age. The move comes after weeks of protests over pension reform sparked three nights of riots and demonstrations in Paris and across the country, with hundreds of arrests and reminiscent of the yellow vests that erupted in late 2018 over high gas prices protest activity.
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic to run in second round of elections
Montenegrin veteran president Milo Djukanovic faces a runoff on April 2 against a pro-Western former economy minister after a 99.7 percent forecast in Sunday’s first round A sample of votes in which no candidate received a 50% majority. Djukanovic is expected to end up with the most votes, at 35.3%, according to the polling group of the Center for Monitoring and Research (CEMI), based on a sample of voting statistics.
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