BRIEFLY

Border controls

BERLIN – The German government said on Thursday it would continue border controls at its border with Austria for six more months to ensure Germany’s security and deal with ongoing migrant flows. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he valued Europe’s Schengen zone of free travel as one of Europe’s greatest achievements, but had to extend the checks at the Austrian border for now.

Danger of war

UNITED NATIONS – Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States and its allies on Thursday to refrain from military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack and said the “immediate priority is to avert the danger of war”.

New senate

YAMOUSSOUKRO – Ivory Coast inaugurated on Thursday its first senate, an upper house to the West African nation’s parliament that President Alassane Ouattara called a “chamber of wisdom” but which the opposition says will tighten his grip on power. Its creation was a provision of a new constitution enacted in 2016.

No reward

WASHINGTON – North Korea should not expect rewards from talks with the United States until it takes irreversible steps to give up its nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, said on Thursday. Mr Pompeo said the historical analysis was “not optimistic” when asked if he believed North Korea would agree to dismantle its nuclear program.