World News in Brief: January 20

Monday, 2020-01-20 15:39:51
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Rescuers recovered nine bodies and were searching another missing person after a suspension bridge collapsed in Indonesia's western Bengkulu province on Sunday (January 19), Head of the Search and Rescue Office of the province Abdul Malik said on Monday (January 20).

* Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Yang Jiechi on Sunday met with President of European Council Charles Michel in Berlin with the two sides agreeing to jointly promote China-EU ties through closer cooperation.

* Participants in the Germany-called Libya Conference on Sunday have agreed to respect the arms embargo and truce in the war-torn north African country, pledging to establish an oversight mechanism to ensure long-term peace.

* India granted citizenship to as many as 2,838 people from Pakistan, 914 from Afghanistan, and 172 from Bangladesh during the past six years, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday.

* The Afghan government has linked holding peace talks with the Taliban outfit to observing ceasefire by the armed group, stressing that "ceasefire" is the demand of all Afghans before initiating any talks for peace in the militancy-battered country.

* Republic of Koreans' individual tour to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would not be subject to the UN sanctions against Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, citing the unification ministry of ROK.

* China will take more measures to allow farmers to easily enjoy public services in an effort to meet its urbanization goal for 2020, according to the country's top economic planner. Under a national plan for a new type of urbanization, a goal was set to bring 100 million rural residents to settle down in cities and towns from 2014 to 2020.

* Britain and France on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal while acknowledging the need to define a long-term framework to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, said a Downing Street spokesperson.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that all participants in the Libya Conference in Berlin have agreed to respect the arms embargo in the war-torn north African country.

* Dozens of Iraqi protesters were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces who were trying to clear blocked roads, security and medical sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks.

* Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will not attend the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos this week because its organisers had "abruptly changed its agenda", its foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Xinhua, Reuters