World News in Brief: December 3

Monday, 2018-12-03 14:24:24
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Delegates from nearly 200 countries began talks on December 2 on urgent actions to curb climate change three years after the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement set a goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. The two-week UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP24, held in the southern Polish city of Katowice, aims to finalize the implementation guidelines and provide clarity on how to carry out the Paris deal fairly for all participating countries.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the declaration released December 1 at the conclusion of the 2018 G20 meeting, which reaffirms a commitment to raise ambition in the fight against climate change.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 2, and the two leaders agreed to jointly open up a new era of the comprehensive strategic partnership between their countries.

* US President Donald Trump reportedly said on December 1 on his way back in Washington that his second meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, is likely to happen in January or February next year.

* Russia is ready to resume dialogue with the United States under an offer from US National Security Adviser John Bolton as soon as Washington is ready for that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on December 2.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on December 3 that he will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on December 3 evening to discuss regional issues.

* Iran will continue to develop and test missiles in line with its deterrence policy despite adversarial positions taken on this issue by the US officials, a spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces said Tehran on December 2.

* Dozens of protesters on December 2 stormed the headquarter of the Libyan government in the capital Tripoli, demanding health insurance and payment of salaries, a government source said.

* Libya's Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, on December 2 met with the British Ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker, in the capital Tripoli and discussed security cooperation between the two countries.

* Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint military drills across the Mediterranean Sea on December 2, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.

* The Israeli government approved on December 2 a plan worth about US$187.74 million to strengthen the southern city of Sderot and the nearby Gaza-adjacent communities for the years of 2019 and 2020.

* A total of 920,000 people took the National Public Servant Exam on December 2 to compete for 14,500 positions, the State Administration of Civil Service of China said. The exam is considered one of the most competitive tests in China, as only one out of every 63 candidates is expected to get a government job this year.

* Up to 30 militants have been killed and several injured as cleanup operations are underway in Rasana area of Jaghori district in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, said a statement of national army on December 3.

* Some 4,500 athletes from 20 countries took part in the 33rd international "Comar Tunis-Carthage" marathon in the capital Tunis of Tunisia on December 2.

Xinhua