World News in Brief: January 7

Tuesday, 2020-01-07 14:15:13
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (January 6) called on parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint to stop escalation of global tensions.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that as good neighbors, friends, comrades and partners, China and Laos enjoy a shared future. Xi made the remarks when meeting with visiting Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

* Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday orders the Thai police to beef up security at the United States and Iranian embassies in Bangkok, after a US drone strike killed Iranian military leader Qasem Suleimani on Friday and Tehran vowed revenge.

* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday voiced concern over the "evolving crisis" in the Middle East and the danger it poses to approximately 3 million Filipinos working in that region.

*Muslim countries should unite to protect themselves against external threats, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (January 7) after describing the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani as immoral.

* Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday offered a broader inter-Korean cooperation this year to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), while proposing concerted efforts to create conditions for the Chairman of DPRK Kim Jong Un's visit to Seoul.

* Hundreds of thousands of Iranians in Tehran on Monday mourned the assassination of senior general Qassem Soleimani. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei performed the official religious ritual for Soleimani's body.

* The east-based army of Libya said on Monday they had captured the coastal city of Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli, from the forces of the rival UN-backed government.

* The US killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, threatens peace and stability throughout the region, said the Turkish foreign minister on Monday.

* The United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi officials about repositioning troops in preparation for leaving the country.

* The new president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Luis Parra, said Monday that his election was constitutional. At a press conference at National Assembly headquarters, Parra said that the process of opening a new parliamentary session was carried out with a "regulatory quorum" on Sunday. New members of the body's Board of Directors were elected during the session as well.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel took no part in the US attack that killed the top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Israel should not be part of the escalating conflict between Iran and the United States, Netanyahu said.

* Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday evening arrived in Algeria for a two-day visit to mainly discuss the developments in Libya, official Algeria Press Service (APS) reported.

* Republic of Korea's top national security adviser on Tuesday left for Washington for consultations on the Korean Peninsula issues with his US and Japanese counterparts, according to Yonhap news agency.

* Australian firefighters used a break from searing temperatures on Tuesday to strengthen containment lines around huge wildfires as the financial and environmental costs of the crisis mounted.

* Israel's energy minister said on Tuesday it is too early to determine whether Iran is on the path towards building a nuclear weapon after it announced it would abandon limitations on enriching uranium.

* Mexico rejected on Monday a US proposal by which Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States could be sent to Guatemala, the foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that it was working with authorities to offer "better options".

* At least 16 people were killed and another 40 injured when a bus crashed on Monday morning into a number of other vehicles near the town of Caraveli in the Arequipa region of Peru, said Dember Munoz Lozada, head of Regional Health Management for Arequipa.

* Samoa's Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday two more deaths in the island nation's measles epidemic, bringing the death toll to 83 since the measles outbreak in mid-October.

Xinhua, Reuters