World News in Brief: December 5

Wednesday, 2018-12-05 15:45:16
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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Wednesday (December 5) that the latest meeting between presidents of China and the United States on economic and trade issues was "very successful."

* Russia fully adheres to the provisions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which the United States knows well, Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday (December 4), in response to the latest statements by the United States and its allies that urged Moscow to return to full compliance with the agreement.

* The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will create an infantry division that mainly hunt down the elusive Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippine Sulu province, the Philippine defense chief said on Tuesday.

* At the meeting in Havana on December 4 between Raul Castro, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the two sides called for strengthening bilateral ties.

* Some US senators said on December 4 that CIA chief should brief full Senate on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after a classified briefing held earlier that day. CIA Director Gina Haspel gave a classified briefing on Khashoggi's death to several senators on December 4, which aroused some senators' calling for a full Senate brief.

* During a debate in parliament on December 4 night, the Dutch government survived a no-confidence motion related to its support of the UN migration pact.

* The negotiating team representing the Saudi-backed Yemeni government left Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh early Wednesday for the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden.

* China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu on December 4 called on developed countries to fulfill their commitment to the Official Development Assistance (ODA) program and create a favorable environment for developing countries, including middle-income countries.

* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on December 4 confirmed NATO's political, military and security support for Libya.

* UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Tuesday launched a global campaign against plastic pollution, primarily to raise awareness among peoples around the world.

* The central banks of the United Arab Emirates and India signed on December 4 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for currency swap to boost trade and investment ties between the two countries, the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi said in a statement.

* US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will attend a meeting of the top military contributing partners to the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Ottawa of Canada on December 5, according to a statement issued by Pentagon on December 4. The meeting will be co-hosted by the United States and Canada.

* Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has received invitation from Saudi Arabian King Salman to attend the summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on December 9, Qatar News Agency reported on December 4.

* A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

* The Heilongjiang observatory on Wednesday prolonged an orange alert for spells of extreme cold across the northeastern province, where the temperature in Mohe, China's northernmost city, has dropped to minus 41.1 degrees Celsius.

* Norway said Tuesday it will pay US$70 million to Brazil for reduced emissions from deforestation in the Amazon in 2017, in line with climate and forest cooperation between the two countries.