World News in Brief: January 20

Sunday, 2019-01-20 16:04:35
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An Indonesian troop was killed in a shootout with insurgents in easternmost province of Papua following an ambush against Indonesian troops in the province's Puncak Jaya regency, a Papua Military Command spokesperson said.

* Russia's Black Sea fleet is closely monitoring a US missile destroyer in the sea, the Russian National Defense Control Center said Saturday (January 19). The US vessel entered the Black Sea at 8.50 p.m. Moscow time (1750 GMT), the center said.

* US President Donald Trump said on January 19 that the location for his second meeting with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un has been picked and will be announced "in the future."

* The Japanese government said Saturday that it welcomes the second summit between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) scheduled to take place in late February.

* India is expected to become the top trade partner of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2020 through doubling their annual trade volume, a UAE minister said Saturday. The annual trade volume between India and the UAE, which stood at US$57 billion in the past few years, could exceed US$100 billion by 2020.

* At least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on January 19, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on January 19 that the cooperation between Germany and France is an engine of European integration.

* Iran's Foreign Ministry announced on January 19 that the country will support the "legal" government of Venezuela in the face of US "illegal meddling", state TV reported.

* US President Donald Trump on January 19 proposed extending protections for young people brought to the nation illegally as children in exchange for US$5.7 billion in funding for his long-promised border wall.

* A Palestinian official on January 19 condemned the Israeli decision to close schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) from early 2020.

* Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced on January 19 that Iranian security forces seized 618 kg of heroin in the south of the country. The big haul of heroin was destined to Europe, said a ministry statement carried by official IRNA news agency.

* A car bomb attack on a convoy of the governor of Afghanistan's southern Logar province killed at least eight Afghan security force members on January 20 morning but left the provincial chief unharmed, local officials said.

* A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on January 19 evening, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck at 10:32 p.m. local time (0132 GMT) about 15.6 km (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, the USGS said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center discarded a tsunami threat shortly after the tremor.

* Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu rejected a court ruling on January 20 that his rival won a presidential election, declaring himself president in a move that could stoke further unrest.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left early on January 20 morning for Chad, in a first-ever such visit. Netanyahu had said he would fly to Chad, where he and Deby "will announce the resumption of diplomatic relations."