World News in Brief: March 2

Friday, 2018-03-02 12:26:48
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The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, advanced against the US$ on March 2 after two days of weakening.
The central parity rate of the yuan strengthened 18 basis points to 6.3334 against the US$, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.

* The U.S-India "two-plus-two" ministerial dialogue in spring is expected to discuss regional security and bilateral navy cooperation, the U.S. Department of Defense said on March 1.

*The Republic of Korea (RoK)'s presidential Blue House is expected to unveil a plan next week to send a special envoy to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on March 2.

* Venezuela announced the new date May 20 for presidential elections, following an agreement between the government and opposition parties on March 1. The agreement pushes back elections that had been scheduled to take place on April 22, a date that had in turn moved up elections originally set for December.

* The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 1 slammed U.S. accusation regarding "a theory of cooperation of manufacturing chemical weapons" between the DPRK and Syria.

* The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on March 1 successfully launched the second in a series of next-generation weather satellites. A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:02 p.m. (2202 GMT), carrying the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-S, for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Xinhua