VIENNA, March 25 (Bernama) -- Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen sharply criticised Britain's approach to Brexit under Prime Minister Theresa May, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

YANGON, March 25 (Bernama) -- Myanmar has rejected a resolution of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to send a fact-finding mission to the country to investigate alleged human rights abuse by security forces against Muslims in northern Rakhine state, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

CAIRO, March 25 (Bernama) -- An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the former head of the Journalists Union and two board members a year in jail on charges of harbouring colleagues wanted by the law, official news agency MENA reported, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

GAZA, March 25 (Bernama) -- Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian factions in the Gaza on Saturday held Israel responsible for the murder of a top Hamas militant, who was killed near his house in Gaza city, by unknown gunmen on Friday evening, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Bernama) -- President Donald Trump has expressed disappointment as he faced a severe political defeat after Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare policy with a new healthcare bill, due to lack of votes in the US House of Representatives, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

NEW DELHI, March 25 (Bernama) -- Indian government Friday said it was going to conduct joint military exercises with several countries including China, United Kingdom, Russia and United States this year to boost military ties and enhance bilateral defence cooperation, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 25 (Bernama) -- The Brazilian government on Friday ordered the recall of meat from three meatpacking companies involved in a tainted production scandal that has cast doubts on food safety, China's Xinhua news agency.