World News in Brief: December 7

Friday, 2018-12-07 10:10:55
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Global growth is expected to dip from 3.8 percent in 2018 to 3.6 percent in the year ahead amid potential risks, according to a report issued on December 6 by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

* China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on December 6 that the ultimate goal of Sino-US trade talks was to remove all additional tariffs, adding that China will hold consultation with the US on issues of common concern and strive to reach consensus.

* As France is bracing for fresh country-wide social action this weekend, the government has planned tough security measures to handle "great violence" on Saturday's demonstrations, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on December 6.

* US President Donald Trump will pick State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as the next US ambassador to the United Nations (UN), US media reported Thursday, citing sources.

* Russia's national economy can be mainly boosted by domestic investment, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on December 6.

* The Ukrainian parliament on December 6 approved a bill on ending the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia on April 1, 2019, the parliament's press service said.

* India's exports to China have been increasing over the past three years, said president of Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) Ganesh Kumar Gupta on December 6. Exports grew by 13 percent during 2016-17, by 31 percent in 2017-18, and by about 17 percent in the first six months of 2018-19.

* The UN General Assembly on December 6 failed to adopt a US drafted resolution condemning Hamas. The draft received 87 votes in favor, 57 against, and 33 abstentions, which failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the UN General Assembly. All the Arab countries voted against the resolution.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Republic of Korea (RoK) Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Washington on December 6, discussing the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, said the US State Department.

* The Indian government on December 6 approved the "Agriculture Export Policy" which would integrate the exports of agricultural products and farmers' income, in order to double farmers' income in the next three years.

* American Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said the United States wants a "political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban," the US embassy in Pakistan said on December 6.

* The heads of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) Commission on December 6 underscored the need to deepen the two organizations' strategic partnership particularly with regard to the UN's financing for the AU's peace support operations.

* The US Department of Defense said on December 6 that the United States and its allies conducted an observation flight over Ukraine earlier that day.

* Bangladesh has signed two financing agreements totaling US$525 million with the World Bank to improve connectivity and climate resilience through building, maintaining, and improving roads and rural bridges that could benefit more than 100 million people.

* At least two people were killed and 28 others were injured in an attack in the southeast Iran city of Chabahar on December 6 morning, official IRNA news agency said.

* The Maldivian parliament had voted in favor of a government proposal to rejoin the Commonwealth of Nations, local media reports said in Male on December 6.

* US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on December 6 that the US military had already stopped refueling the Saudi-led coalition's aircraft engaged in Yemen conflict "some weeks ago," according to a Pentagon statement.

* Morocco's coastguards have rescued 181 illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean between December 4-6, the Moroccan army said in a statement. According to the Moroccan Interior Ministry, the authorities have foiled over 76,000 illegal immigration attempts since the beginning of this year.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on December 6 said 193 Nigerian illegal immigrants were voluntarily deported back to their country.