March 21 world news summary at 0030 GMT


BAGHDAD — At least 15 people were killed and 33 others wounded on Monday in a car bomb explosion at a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua.
IraqThe attack occurred in the evening when a booby-trapped car parking at a crowded marketplace detonated at the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Amil in southern Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Car bomb)
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NAIROBI — All 43 passengers and six crew members have survived the plane crash that occurred in the northern South Sudan town of Wau on Monday afternoon, local authorities have confirmed.
Wau State Information Minister Nona Guadenesio said 37 passengers were admitted to hospital and 31 have so far been discharged, with the remaining ones in stable conditions. (South Sudan-Plane crash)
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WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s claim that his predecessor Barack Obama had ordered wiretapping Trump Tower and played down FBI’s probe into Russian election meddling.
“There’s still a lot of information that needs to be discussed,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said about Trump’s wiretapping accusation at his daily press briefing, soon after FBI chief James Comey told a congressional hearing Monday that he had no information supporting the president’s wiretapping claim.(US-Wiretapping)
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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations on Monday urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to fully comply with its international obligations while commenting on the latter’s test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine over the weekend.
When answering the question about UN Secretary-General’s response to the test at the daily news briefing, UN Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said that “you have seen our basic concern about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and our concern about the various tests.” (UN-DPRK-Rocket engine test)
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DAMASCUS — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday that Russia can play a role in preventing any further Israeli attacks on Syria.
Speaking to Russian media outlets on Monday, the president said that defending the Syrian borders is the right and duty of the Syrian army, “and if we don’t do that, the Syrian people will blame us and hold us responsible.” (Syria-Russia-Attacks) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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