World News in Brief: February 8

Friday, 2019-02-08 12:32:15
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The Thai Raksa Chart (Thais protect country) Party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit submitted to the Election Commission the name of the Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as the party's only candidate for prime minister in the March 24 general election.

* Speaking at the reception on February 6 for the 40th anniversary of China-US diplomatic relations and the Chinese New Year, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said that as the world is undergoing profound changes, it needs both China and the United States to work together.

* Talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May were constructive and robust, but the European Union (EU) will not reopen negotiations on the Brexit deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday (February 7) in a joint statement.

* Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned on February 7 the United States against using force to topple the legitimate government of Venezuela.

* The Republic of Korea's government said on February 7 that it will spend 13.2 trillion won (around US$12 billion) in border areas with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the next decade.

* The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that it has asked the US side to destroy weapons prohibited by the arms-control Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

* Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday that Moscow will take comprehensive measures to ensure its security if the United States leaves the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

* US House Democrats and Republicans on February 7 clashed with each other over a bid to release President Donald Trump's tax returns.

* Yemen's warring parties have reached "a preliminary compromise" on demilitarizing the crucial Red Sea port of Hodeidah and opening humanitarian corridors for the famine-threatened country, a UN spokesman said on February 7.

* The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on February 7 announced to sanction a Turkish national for six alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran.

* Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on February 7 that a new phase of cooperation between Iraq and Jordan has started.

* The Israeli and US militaries will hold a major joint military exercise in Israel next week, the Israeli army said Thursday.

* China and African Union (AU) member countries have reiterated their joint commitment to strengthening cooperation in peace and security through the successful implementation of the China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative.

* The Ukrainian parliament on February 7 passed a constitutional amendment stating its commitment to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). The amendment was supported by 334 votes in favor in the 450-seat parliament, according to a statement released on the parliament's website.

* Heavy rain and hailstorm Thursday evening hit Indian capital New Delhi and parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) of Noida.

* China's meteorological department forecast Friday that snow and sleet were likely to hit central and east China in the next three days due to the co-influence of cold air and southwest warm moist airflow.

* A UN envoy said Thursday that the atmosphere for resuming the dialogue on Kosovo has been exacerbated over the past few months.

* The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladesh government recently signed agreement for US$50 million in loan to promote microenterprise development for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

* Seven people were beheaded and three young girls kidnapped by armed men early Thursday in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province, state radio station Radio Mozambique (RM) reported.