April 19, 2019 - Daily News Brief

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TRT World’s Daily News Brief for Friday, April 19:

*)Mueller report on Russian meddling released

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been released in the US.

It describes how Trump melted down when he learned of Mueller's appointment; how Trump thought it would end his presidency; and how the president then tried to seize control of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

But Mueller stopped short of saying the president obstructed justice.

Without any charges, the Trump team are calling it a "total victory for the president."

*)France, Egypt and UAE accused of supporting Haftar

Libya’s Unity government has accused France, the UAE and Egypt of supporting Khalifa Haftar.

It's the first time Paris has been named directly as a supporter of eastern-based Haftar, whose forces have launched a drive against the UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli.

France denies the charge.

*)Afghanistan peace talks postponed

The first direct peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan's government have been put on hold.

Disagreement over the number of delegates Kabul could send scuttled the preparations.

The talks were due to start today in Doha, in the latest bid to end the fighting.

The Taliban have a political office in Qatar.

*)Mali’s prime minister resigns

Mali's prime minister and his cabinet have resigned.

It comes four weeks after the massacre of some 160 herders by an ethnic vigilante group that shocked the largely Saharan nation in northwest Africa.

Mali has been in turmoil since a rebellion by Tuaregs and allied militants took over half the country in 2012.

France intervened the following year to push them back.

And finally

*)Facebook exposes new users' email passwords,

Facebook has screwed up again. This time it stored millions of passwords of Instagram users in unencrypted form on internal servers.

It says no harm was done internally, and it's fixed the issue.

Between a third and a half of the planet's population are plugged into Facebook's core social network, Instagram and its messaging applications.

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