World News in Brief: November 9

Friday, 2018-11-09 09:50:39
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Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Beijing on Thursday (November 8), calling on the two countries to cherish their traditional friendship and write a new chapter in China-Cuba friendly cooperation.

* Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on November 8 said the European Union (EU) had no reason to worry and put into question the country's economic forecasts for the next two years.

* Senior diplomats from India, Iran, China, the United States, Pakistan and some other regional countries will attend regional countries consultations in Russia on Afghanistan on November 9. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has also decided to send a delegation of the government-sponsored High Peace Council to the meeting.

* The US Federal Reserve on Thursday left key interest rates unchanged (at 2 to 2.25 percent), in line with market expectations, keeping the central bank on track to have one more rate hike in December.

* Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne held the fifth China-Australia Foreign and Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on Thursday, with both officials vowing to promote bilateral ties on the basis of mutual trust and win-win results.

* Bangladesh's Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said Thursday night that the country's 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23. According to the schedule, poll aspirants will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19 and the last date for withdrawing candidature is fixed on November 29.

* The US strategy of a limited use of nuclear weapons could cause a global catastrophe and does not guarantee victory in a possible war, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that his country is expecting to receive €500 million (about US$572 million) in aid from the European Union in the coming weeks.

* Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that his country will hold the parliamentary elections in October 2019 and the ruling coalition of the Radical Left, commonly known as Syriza, will win.

* Sudan government on November 8 welcomed the readiness of the United States to remove Sudan's name from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

* The Moroccan authorities have foiled some 68,000 illegal immigration attempts between January and September, said Morocco's Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit Thursday.

* The US State Department announced on November 8 that the country's arms sales to foreign governments increased by 33 percent in fiscal year 2018.

* The Moroccan navy has rescued 140 migrants off the Mediterranean coasts, Morocco's army said on November 8.

* China on November 8 granted to Algeria a donation of CNY200 million (about US$28.8 million), as part of an economic and technical cooperation agreement.

* The UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) said Thursday it has stopped paying housing rents for 1,612 Palestinian families in Gaza Strip in "painful" measures to deal with its financial crisis.

* United Nations agencies said on November 8 that the number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela worldwide has now reached three million. The UN refugee agency UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) made the statement, citing data from national immigration authorities and other sources.

* The Ethiopian foreign ministry said Thursday that 45 African leaders are expected to attend the 11th African Union (AU) extraordinary summit of heads of state, scheduled for November 17-18, at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

* Polish energy company PGNiG on Thursday signed a 24-year contract to buy liquefied gas (LNG) from the United States in Warsaw, Poland.

* Commanders of the Kurdish-led forces held a meeting with representatives from the US and France in northern Syria to discuss the current Turkish attacks on the Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria.

* Qatar supports the call of King Mohammed VI of Morocco for a frank and direct dialogue with Algeria to overcome their differences, the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported Thursday.

* A mass shooting Wednesday (November 7) night in the city of Thousand Oaks in Southern California in the United States has left 13 people dead including an officer and a gunman, and at least 11 injured, local authorities said.