World News in Brief: November 8

Thursday, 2018-11-08 14:15:34
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China and Russia agreed on Wednesday (November 7) to further enhance political and strategic mutual trust while expanding economic and trade cooperation. The agreement came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev co-chaired the 23rd regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of governments in Beijing.

* Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized on November 7 for the country's 1939 refusal to take in a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees, adding that the country would do more to protect Canadian Jews from violence.

* Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee met US national security advisor John Bolton at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. The two sides agreed to strengthen communication and cooperation on bilateral ties and other issues.

* A meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at a G20 summit this month will be of great significance to both sides, the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said on November 8.

* Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo's meeting with DPRK’s officials was postponed over scheduling issues, and talks between the two countries remain in a good place, a State Department spokesman said on November 7.

* US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he will have lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders during his planned trip to Paris but no meeting was expected. Trump also revealed that he's likely to meet with the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, "early next year."

* Russia has asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) sanctions on Thursday (November 8), diplomats said, a move that comes after a planned meeting between top US and DPRK’s officials in New York this week was postponed.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday that 124 illegal Somali immigrants were voluntarily repatriated from Libya's capital Tripoli. The repatriation took place as clashes erupted near Tripoli's Mitiga International Airport.

* Libyan navy said on Wednesday that it rescued 315 illegal immigrants off the country's western coast in two separate operations.

* Moscow considers any potential new sanctions related to chemical weapons imposed by the US on Russia to be illegal and will respond accordingly once they are announced, Russian officials said Wednesday.

* Russia's security heads warned Wednesday that the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaida may merge and thus increase the threat of global terrorism.

* International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, said on Wednesday that it is providing US$71 million to finance the construction of the new Daehan Wind Power Plant in Jordan.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that tsunamis have accounted for almost 10 percent of economic losses from disasters over the past two decades.

* Sudan said on Wednesday that it has invited African leaders to attend the opening session of peace negotiations between the government and the opposition in Central African Republic (CAR), a local media outlet reported. The opening session is slated for mid-November in Sudan's capital Khartoum.

* Chile returned a planeload of Haitian immigrants to their native country on November 7 in the first in a series of "humanitarian flights" criticised by migrant groups as "forced deportations."

Xinhua, Reuters