March 18 world news summary at 0030 GMT


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department on Friday filed a brief notice saying it would appeal a Maryland federal judge’s ruling that halted a key portion of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order which was set to take effect one day before.
President Donald TrumpThe Justice Department has not yet filed its formal appeal in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Richmond, Virginia, where the case will eventually be heard, said local media reports. (U.S.-Travel Ban)
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ADEN, Yemen — About 29 pro-government soldiers were killed and 89 others injured when missiles fired by Shiite Houthi gunmen struck a mosque in Yemen’s northern province of Marib on Friday, a military official told Xinhua.
According to the local official, the pro-Houthi forces fired ballistic missiles and struck the mosque inside a military base of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces in Marib. (Yemen-Mosque)
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated his support to NATO, but urged its members to “pay their fair share for the cost of defense.”
“Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe,” Trump said at a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (U.S.-NATO)
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CARDIFF, Britain — Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) were on Friday accused by British Prime Minister Theresa May of using Brexit as a pretext to engineer a second independence referendum for Scotland.
Addressing the Conservative Party’s Spring Conference in the Welsh capital, May continued her war of words after the first minister of Scotland said she planned a new referendum to vote on a break-up of Britain. (UK-Scotland-Independence) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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