World News in Brief: September 11

Wednesday, 2019-09-11 11:07:43
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Economic ministers from 10 ASEAN Member States, China, Japan and Republic of Korea (RoK) on Tuesday (September 10) reaffirmed their strong commitment to upholding the multilateral trading system and reiterated their full support to the endeavor to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO). The economic ministers met on Tuesday in Bangkok for the 22nd ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Plus Three Consultations.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday met with American delegation visiting China for a dialogue with Chinese entrepreneurs and exchanged views with them on China-US trade relations. The delegation consists of US business entrepreneurs and some former high-level officials.

* The Republic of Korea (RoK) on Wednesday filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Japan over its restrictions on the export to RoK of three materials vital to make memory chips and display panels.

* Palestinian and Arab leaders on Tuesday condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the occupied Jordan Valley in the West Bank, while warning it could kill the peace process. Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he would annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank right after Israel's September 17 election, if he wins re-election.

* Israeli war jets carried out early on Wednesday intensive airstrikes on militants' facilities and posts in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired into Israel on Tuesday night, security officials said.

* The Republic of Korea’s top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon will visit China this week to consult with his Chinese counterpart on bilateral cooperation issues including situations on the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry.

* A powerful explosion occured near US embassy in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, early Wednesday (September 11) morning, according to multiple sources. Images circulated on social media showed a plume of smoke rising near the building of US embassy in the exclusion zone of Kabul, where several other embassies are also located.

* The new cabinet of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won the definitive confidence vote in the Senate on Tuesday, with 169 votes in favor, 133 against and five abstentions. On Monday, the prime minister had received the first confidence from the lower house with a larger majority of votes (343 yes and 263 no), counting on a more comfortable number of supporting lawmakers.

* US President Donald Trump said Tuesday US National Security Advisor John Bolton has resigned upon his request. Trump said he asked Bolton for his resignation Monday night, and received the resignation Tuesday morning.

* President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday unveiled her nominees for the next European Commission.

* Turkish and US commanders held a meeting in Ankara on Tuesday on the safe zone in Syria and the discussion will continue at the joint operations center in Akcakale district of southern Sanliurfa province, Turkey's Minister of Defense said.

* Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held talks here with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday to coordinate the two countries' stance regarding efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue ahead of the UN General Assembly later this month.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said Tuesday that "local and international parties" obstructed the country's political path during a meeting with the Constitution Drafting Committee.

* At least 31 Shiite pilgrims were killed and some 100 others were wounded on Tuesday in a stampede in the holy Shiite city of Karbala in south of Baghdad, Iraq's Health Ministry said.

* Libya's east-based rebel army said earlier Tuesday that more than 200 of the UN-backed government forces have been killed during the past three days in south of the capital Tripoli.

* A two-day strike by pilots from British Airways (BA) ended Tuesday night, but disruption is likely to continue through Wednesday. The travel plans of almost 200,000 passengers were disrupted during the 48-hour walk-out by members of the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) in a dispute over pay.