World News in Brief: November 21, 2019

Thursday, 2019-11-21 11:20:40
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The 2nd Coast Guard Global Summit opened in Tokyo, Japan on November 20 with the participation of representatives of the coast guard forces from 58 countries across the world and eight international organisations. Major General Bui Trung Dung, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard, led the Vietnamese coast guard delegation to attend the event.

* Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said at the talk with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) first Vice Foreign Minister that Moscow called for the resumption of the dialogue between the US and RoK.

*The Republic of Korea called on Japan to take steps to lift its export restrictions following the collapse of bilateral talks on their trade row.

* Two US service members died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the US Forces Afghanistan press office said.

*The Russian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates said that UAE expresses interest in easing of tensions in the Persian Gulf and is studying Russian proposals in this regard.

* Dutch police arrested two women who joined the Islamic State group in Syria after they were deported by Turkey to the Netherlands, prosecutors said. They are suspected of participating in a terrorist organisation.

* The leader of Israel's Blue and White party, Benny Gantz met with the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a day before the deadline to form a coalition government.

* The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by Commander Khalifa Haftar, declared on Monday launching airstrikes and destroying many armoured vehicles and weapons depots in Misrata.

* Eleven "fighters", including seven foreigners and four civilians were killed in overnight Israeli air strikes in Syria, war monitor group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

* Yemen's Houthi rebels announced late on Tuesday the release of the Republic of Korean ships they seized in the southern Red Sea.

* Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez told the International Monetary Fund that he has a plan to tackle the nation’s debt without “austerity” measures.

* The collapse of a bridge in south-west France on November 18 was apparently caused by a lorry that weighed too much, more than 50 tonnes, prosecutors said.

* Climate change could directly cost the world economy US$7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed on Wednesday.

* Sri Lanka's new President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, appointed former President Mahinda as Prime Minister after the incumbent leader resigns from the post.