World News in Brief: December 2

Sunday, 2018-12-02 09:14:50
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George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has died Friday at the age of 94, according to a statement from his office. The former president passed away at 10:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on November 30.

* International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde on December 1 said there is "an urgent need" to de-escalate trade tensions, reverse recent tariff increases and modernize the rules-based multilateral trade system.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on December 1 agreed to bring the bilateral ties to a higher level and renewed their pledges to safeguard multilateralism.

* China, France and the United Nations reiterated their firm commitments to working together in combating climate change in a press statement released here on November 30 following a three-party meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

* Iranian defense minister on December 1 denied that the Islamic republic is supplying arms to Yemen Houthi militants.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and US leader Donald Trump are unlikely to hold talks in the near future after the latter canceled their scheduled meeting in Argentina, the Kremlin said on December 1.

* US President Donald Trump has had "informal" conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on November 30, said the White House on December 1.

* President Tayyip Erdogan said on December 1 that Turkey's insistence on finding the truth behind the recent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not aimed at damaging the Saudi royal family.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 1 he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts, though his country would continue with its contribution to reducing global production.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 1 there had been no discussion with Ukraine about the possible release of the Ukrainian sailors who were seized along with their ships by Russia last month.

* US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 1 exchanged views on trade and security on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Buenos Aires, according to a statement released by the White House.

* Thousands of people took to the streets in the Irish capital Dublin on December 1 afternoon to protest over the deteriorating housing issue in the country.

* Bahrain has successfully conducted "free and fair" elections, Justice, Islamic, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa said on December 1and is ready of starting (e-voting) in the next elections," said Khalifa in a press conference as polling stations across Bahrain closed on December 1.

* French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on December 1 said 110 people were injured after a third weekend nationwide social movement, opposing higher tax and poor revenue, turned violent and plunged the world's top tourist destination into chaos.

*Nigeria's electoral body on November 30 green-lighted 73 presidential candidates to run for the February presidency against incumbent President Muhammodu Buhari.

* Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on December 1 granted approval for the acquisition of defense equipment worth INR30 billion (around US$451 million), including indigenous BrahMos missiles for two Indian Navy ships to be built in Russia, said defense sources.