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World in brief: March 13, 2019

SAUDI ARABIA: A Saudi Arabian plane turned back to the airport on Monday after a passenger realised that she had left her baby in the Jeddah terminal.

The pilot made the request shortly after take off asking air-traffic control for permission to return to King Abdulaziz airport after the discovery.

“May God be with us. Can we come back?” the pilot asked, before guiding the plane back to reunite mother and baby.

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Un became the first leader of the country not to stand in parliamentary elections as the 687 deputies elected to the supreme people’s assembly were announced on Tuesday.

His sister Kim Yo Jong, who is playing a more prominent role in politics, was elected to the body.

Voting is compulsory for all North Koreans over 17. A turnout of 99.99 per cent was announced by state news agency KCNA.

BRAZIL: Two former police officers were arrested yesterday two days before the anniversary of the killing of lesbian politician Marielle Franco.

The Rio de Janiero councillor was gunned down in a drive-by shooting along with her driver Anderson Gomes. The suspects were named as Ronnie Lessa and Elcio Vieira de Queiroz.

“It is incontestable that Marielle Franco was summarily executed for her political activity in the defence of the causes she defended,” prosecutors said in a statement.

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