World News in Brief: September 11

Tuesday, 2018-09-11 18:43:13
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The remains of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Accra late on September 10 from Switzerland where he passed away last month. The body was then moved to the Accra International Conference Center where it will lie in state for three days with an elaborate funeral arrangement by the government and people of Ghana.

* China supports dialogue and negotiation between the US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Tuesday (September 11) at a routine press briefing.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Vladivostok on September 11 and agreed to firmly promote bilateral ties, and safeguard world peace and stability. Xi arrived in Vladivostok earlier today for the fourth Eastern Economic Forum at the invitation of Putin.

* Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki re-opened the two countries' common border on September 11, more than 20 years after it was shut with the outbreak of bloody war between the two nations.

* The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un on September 10 met China's top legislator Li Zhanshu again and hosted a special arts performance and a grand reception for Li and the Chinese delegation led by Li.

* The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s unification ministry said Tuesday that it was preparing to launch the joint liaison office with the DPRK later this week.

* US President Donald Trump will speak during a ceremony held at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The memorial is located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked 17 years ago, in Somerset County, state of Pennsylvania. He also participated in last year's 9/11 observance at the Pentagon.

* RoK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met Tuesday with a visiting US nuclear envoy to discuss denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on September 10 that with climate change a direct threat to mankind youth should fight for their future and global leadership should "step up" to lead the campaign.

* The White House said on September 10 that it has received a letter from Kim Jong-un, the top leader of the DPRK, about requesting another meeting with US President Donald Trump.

* Australia will not abandon the Paris Agreement and will meet its emissions reduction target, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on September 11.

* Egyptian Health Ministry said on September 10 that a total of 70 Egyptian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj season, which concluded in the last week of August.

* Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said on September 10 that he does not believe that the Houthi rebels intend to reach a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Yemen.

* Four police officers and at least 87 militants have been killed in clashes and airstrikes in two Afghan provinces, authorities said Tuesday.

* Police in the Australian State of Queensland have seized over US$1 million worth of local currency, along with drugs, from a home in an inner suburb of state capital, Brisbane.