World News in Brief: November 10

Saturday, 2018-11-10 11:53:00
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on November 9 called for a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system to deal with today's global challenges.

* Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis met in Washington on November 9 afternoon to discuss bilateral and miliary-to-military ties.

* The US Department of Treasury announced on November 9 that it has decided to delay the implementation of sanctions on three Russian companies for four more weeks.

* Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament late November 9 amid a political crisis which erupted in the island nation since October 26, local media reported.

* The White House said on November 9 that US President Donald Trump earlier had a phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the two leaders discussed the importance of maintaining pressure on the DPRK until it denuclearizes.

* British Transport Minister Jo Johnson quit his job on November 9 over Brexit, which he called for the public to have a say on.

* The Republic of Korea and the United States will hold a round of negotiations next week on how to share costs for US troops stationed in the RoK, RoK's foreign ministry said on November 9.

* 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.

* Indian defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman on November 9 inducted new artillery guns and equipment (the K-9 Vajra T, M777 Ultra Light Howitzer and High Mobility 6×6 Gun Towing Vehicle) into the army, officials said.

* The scheduled meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump during the G20 summit in Argentina had great significance, said a senior Chinese official in Washington on November 9.

* The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed on November 9 to hold working-level talks early next week to schedule the joint survey of roads across the inter-Korean border, according to RoK's unification ministry.

* US President Donald Trump, who just arrived in Paris for WWI 100th anniversary commemorations, said on November 9 that French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion of Europe building its own military to protect itself from the US and other nations "very insulting".

* Turkey has opened a new border gate crossing to the northern Syrian region of Afrin, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced on November 9.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on November 9 announced the appointment of Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico as his special envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit.

* US President Donald Trump said in Washington on November 9 that the person to replace Nikki Haley as the new ambassador to the United Nations is still under consideration.

* At least five people were killed when a raging wildfire engulfed their vehicles in Butte County, the US state of California, authorities said on November 9.