March 16 world news summary at 1530 GMT


THE HAGUE — The Netherlands woke up Thursday with Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party nabbing the most parliamentary seats, with 95 percent of the votes counted.

According to the preliminary results the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte came on top winning 33 seats. (Netherlands-Election)
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order Wednesday to block the implementation of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, hours before it was set to go into effect.
According to a 43-page opinion posted on the website of District Court of Hawaii, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson concluded that allowing Trump’s revised travel ban to take effect could be construed as discriminating against Muslims. (U.S.-Trump-Travel Ban)
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VINA DEL MAR, Chile — Foreign affairs and trade ministers from 15 Pacific-rim countries on Wednesday pledged to pursue free trade amid rising protectionism in parts of the world.
Envoys from Asia and Latin America gathered in the seaside resort of Vina del Mar, Chile to discuss the best way forward, following Washington’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. (LatAm-Asia-Pacific-Trade)
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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth has signed the Brexit bill, clearing the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced Thursday that the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has received Royal Assent from the queen, which was passed by the parliament on Monday. (Britain-Brexit-Queen Elizabeth II)
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MOSCOW — The Kremlin said Thursday that no Russian agencies were involved in a massive hacking against Yahoo users in 2014.
“There can be absolutely no talk about any official involvement of Russian agencies, including the Federal Security Service (FSB), in any unlawful actions in cyber space,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. (Russia-U.S.-Yahoo) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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