World News in Brief: November 7

Wednesday, 2018-11-07 10:33:45
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China and the US will hold their second diplomatic and security dialogue on November 9 in Washington, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced in Beijing Tuesday (November 6).

* Japan's central government and Okinawa prefecture agreed Tuesday to hold discussions for about a month on the contentious issue of the relocation of a US military base within Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.

* The Kremlin currently sees no prospect of improving Russia-US relations irrespective of the outcome of the US midterm elections, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on November 6 said that she is confident that a deal could be reached with European Union (EU) ahead of the Brexit talks deadline, stressing it must not be done at any cost to her country. The comments came as Britain and EU are reaching the last weeks of their Brexit talks.

* The 2018 midterm elections are expected to be the most expensive congressional elections in US history, as candidates for the House and Senate races have raised over US$2.5 billion, according to data released on November 6 by the Center for Responsive Politics.

* Iranian and Russian officials held a meeting in Iran's capital Tehran to discuss the latest developments in Syria and Yemen, Tasnim news agency reported on November 6.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde in Beijing on Tuesday, pledging to work with the IMF to promote international economic cooperation and free trade.

* Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked technocrat ministers of her cabinet to resign shortly after announcement of the election schedule.

* Kiev has called for the cancellation of the forthcoming elections in the insurgent-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday.

* The Moroccan king Mohammed VI on November 6 called for direct and frank dialogue to settle differences with neighboring Algeria. The land borders between Morocco and Algeria have been closed since 1994 amid their tensions over border issues.

* The head of the UN children's agency, UNICEF, on November 6 called for an end to intense fighting near the main hospital in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen, that threatened the lives of 59 children, including 25 in intensive care.

* The Nigerian government has earmarked US$1.3 billion to fund five critical projects across the country, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said in Abuja on November 6.

* The Pakistani government will start negotiating a possible bailout package with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from November 7, local media reported on November 6. According to the local media reports, this would be Pakistan's 13th IMF bailout package since the 1980s.

* Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea on November 6, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.

* UN agencies said Tuesday that the number of migrants and refugees who died while crossing the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 2,000 while the numbers crossing the sea reached 100,630.

* Environmental regulators in Germany have announced tougher national regulations for the use of certain crop protection products by farmers on November 6.

* Mozambique Electoral Commission and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) signed on November 6 in Maputo, a memorandum of understanding for a US$10 million project sponsored by EU to manage electoral processes and help the country build its democracy for a period of five years.

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on November 6 that there is no need to deploy military bases of other countries, including Russia, in Belarus.

* Iran unveiled a homegrown defensive missile system and a new 3D radar on the second day of the ongoing military exercise on November 6. The missile system, named "Mersad," is a medium-range and surface-to-air defensive technology with electronic warfare capabilities.