World News in Brief: November 17, 2019

Sunday, 2019-11-17 16:23:56
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Politburo member and Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich held meetings with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on the occasion of leading a high-ranking military delegation of Vietnam to join the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat and the sixth ADMM Plus in Bangkok, Thailand, according to Nhan Dan Newspaper correspondents in Thailand.

* The first forum of Vietnamese intellectuals in Japan was held in Tokyo on November 16 under the theme “Make in Vietnam” with the participation of nearly 1,000 Vietnamese intellectuals who are studying and working in Japan. The event was jointly held by the Vietnamese Academic Network in Japan (VANJ), the Vietnamese Professionals in Japan (VPJ) and the Vietnamese Youth and Student Association in Japan (VYSA).

* The United Nations Security Council extended the UN's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic for another year until November 15, 2020.

* President Trump has promised a substantial tax cut is on the way for middle-class Americans if the Republican Party regains control of the House of Representative in the 2020 election.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it has not seen evidence of Russian interference in UK elections, including the 2016 vote to leave the EU.

* US media quoted a senior US Department of State official as saying, the opportunities for dialogue to denuclearize the Korean peninsula are increasingly narrowed.

* Two Lithuanian men convicted of spying in Russia have been released while Lithuania handed over two Russians convicted of the similar crimes.

* Twitter expanded on its political ad ban set to roll out next week and provided new guidelines for organizations that advertise on political causes.

* The teenager who shot five fellow students in a 16-second killing rampage at a Southern California high school has died at a hospital, authorities said Friday night.

* A suicide car bomb in a northwestern Syrian city killed at least 14 people on Sunday, a war monitor said.

* Heavy snowfall blanketed the streets of north Tehran on Saturday, causing traffic chaos and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the Iranian capital said.