Feb. 8 world news summary at 1530 GMT


WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed Tuesday their shared commitment to combatting terrorism in all its forms, the White House said.
TRUMPIn a telephone call between the two leaders, Trump reiterated U.S. support for Turkey as a strategic partner and NATO ally, and welcomed Turkey’s contributions to the campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group, the White House said in a statement. (US-Turkey-Trump)
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BUCHAREST — The Romanian government, installed a month ago, on Wednesday easily survived a motion of no-confidence initiated by main opposition the National Liberal Party, as the motion had only got 161 votes in favor, far from the required minimum of 233 votes.
The ruling lawmakers of the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats ensured the session quorum in the censure motion debate, but did not vote, so did the parliamentary group of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania. (Romania-No-confidence)
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QUITO — The Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group on Tuesday officially began talks aimed at ending five decades of fighting.
“After three years of secret meetings and several months of delays, delegates of the government of (Colombian President) Juan Manuel Santos and the National Liberation Army installed the negotiating table,” the Caracol News network reported. (Colombia-ELN-Peace talks)
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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan — Unknown armed men gunned down six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the northern Jauzjan province on Wednesday, ICRC spokesman in Kabul Ramin Ayaz Ahmad said.
“Unfortunately the gruesome incident happened after unidentified armed men gunned down six employees of ICRC in Jauzjan province today,” Ahmad told Xinhua without providing more details. (Afghanistan-Attack-ICRC) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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