World News in Brief: November 6

Tuesday, 2018-11-06 14:14:38
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The Republic of Korea (RoK), the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United Nations Command on November 6 held follow-up talks to disarm the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the inter-Korean border areas, according to Seoul's defense ministry.

* A Russian Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a US Navy EP-3E Aries plane over the Black Sea near Russian airspace and escorted it away in a safe manner, the Russian Defense Ministry said on November 5.

* The US President Donald Trump said in Washington on November 5 that he was not sure if he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris next week. Both the US and Russian officials have previously confirmed that a meeting between two leaders would be held in Paris on the sidelines of events on November 11 to commemorate the 100th years anniversary of the end of the World War I.

* International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde on November 5 called for efforts to create a more inclusive type of multilateralism so as to "avoid replaying the discordant notes of the past."

* China's cumulative services imports are expected to exceed US$2.5 trillion in the next five years, a Ministry of Commerce (MOC) report showed Tuesday, November 6.

* Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied reports that he is preparing to hold two general elections in 2019 in an attempt to hold on to power.

* Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on November 6 inaugurated the China-Afghanistan air corridor to boost trade relations between the two neighboring countries.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 6 had a phone conversation with his British counterpart Theresa May, Trudeau's office said. The two heads of government discussed the upcoming G20 summit in Buenos Aires and underscored the importance of the rules-based international trading system.

* Central American leaders said on November 5 that it was important to identify the organizers of a migrant caravan heading north towards the United States.

* British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has signalled his intention to sign an agreement of enduring defense commitment early next year with Oman, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said in London on November 5.

* The United States will not be able to stop Iran's oil exports, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on November 5.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a meeting with a visiting senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in New York on November 8, the US State Department said on November 5. Pompeo himself revealed in a Sunday interview that he expected some "real progress" in talks with Kim, including "an effort to make sure that the summit between the two leaders can take place."

* Algeria and Italy are "determined" to extend their partnership and reinforce security cooperation, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said on November 5. He made the remarks during the press conference jointly held with his visiting Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 5 met with the US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey in Jerusalem over Iran's military presence in Syria, the prime minister's office said.

* Israeli military technology and telecommunications units will move to a new compound adjacent to Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in the south, at an investment of over 5 billion new shekels (US$1.36 billion), the Ministry of Defense and the university said Monday.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on November 5 met with the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar over military cooperation and fight against terrorism.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on November 5 said that tsunamis have accounted for almost 10 percent of economic losses from disasters over the past two decades.

* US leading helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky had secured a contract worth US$717 million, Sikorsky's parent company Lockheed Martin said on November 5. According to the contract, Sikorsky will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of CH-53E "Super Stallions" and MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopters, which were widely used by US Marine Corps and US Navy.