World News in Brief: November 2

Friday, 2018-11-02 12:33:13
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The Security Council will focus its work on debates about multilateralism and peacekeeping in Africa in November, when China holds the rotating council presidency, said the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday (November 1).

* US President Donald Trump on November 1 vowed to step up efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants.

* Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a dialogue with the leaders of a newly formed opposition alliance on Thursday night over the general election slated for December.

* The Moroccan King Mohammed VI launched Thursday the construction of Mohammed VI Tower with a height of 250 meters, which set to become Africa's tallest skyscraper, according to the project holder BMCE bank. The tower will consist of 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices and apartments.

* US President Donald Trump slapped new sanctions targeting Venezuela's gold exports on Thursday, as his National Security Adviser John Bolton unveiled a hard-line policy toward Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

* The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States have signed guidelines on their combined defense after the planned transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from Washington to Seoul, paving way for the transfer and setting guiding principles for their future defense cooperation.

* The Philippines can expect one to two tropical cyclones to enter in its area of responsibility in November, the Philippine state weather bureau said on November 2.

* Yutu, the 26th typhoon of the year, forced more than 10,000 residents of eastern China's Fujian Province to be evacuated on Monday (November 5), local authorities said.

* Parliament Speaker of the Maldives Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed on Thursday resigned hours before a no-confidence vote was to be taken against him, local media reported.

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Thursday to impose sanctions on 322 Ukrainian individuals and 68 entities amid a prolonged row between Moscow and Kiev.

* Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday agreed by phone to take "constructive steps" toward strengthening ties, said Turkey's presidential press office. The two leaders also discussed on Syria issues, including Manbij and Idlib, emphasizing to keep "close contacts" on bilateral and regional issues.

* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Egyptian authorities have reached a staff-level agreement on the fourth review of Egypt's economic reform program to grant Egypt with US$2 billion, the Egyptian Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

* The All-China Journalists Association this year will offer financial assistance to 80 journalists who died, were injured or fell seriously ill at work, the association announced Friday.

* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday met with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the situation in Ukraine's eastern region of Donbas, the presidential press service said in a statement.

* Iran's ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, said that it is impossible to renegotiate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Press TV reported on Thursday.

* Turkish and US forces on Thursday started joint patrols in the Manbij region of northern Syria, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.

* Egyptian armed forces and the police killed 18 militants in North and Central Sinai during anti-terrorist raids over the past few days, a military spokesperson said on Thursday.

* Russia may exempt customs duties on vegetables and fruits, as well as wine imported from Moldova from next year, announced the Moldovan presidential press service on Thursday.

* Yemen's newly-appointed Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik chaired the first meeting of his cabinet members in Aden province on Thursday, and vowed to resume oil exports from new fields in the next days.

* Tunisia will benefit from a fund of €2.8 billion (US$3.19 billion) from the Netherlands to fight against terrorism and extremism, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok announced in Tunis on November 1.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Thursday urged the UN Security Council's Sanctions Committee to partially lift the arms embargo on Libya.