World News in Brief: January 7

Monday, 2019-01-07 20:40:01
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Malaysia's King Sultan Muhammad V resigned on January 6, after over two years serving as the country's ceremonial supreme head of state. The resignation was announced by the national palace, saying Muhammad V has informed this matter officially to the Malay Rulers through a letter issued to the secretary of the Conference of Rulers.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May ended speculation Sunday (January 6) that a vote on her under-fire Brexit deal may be deferred again, insisting that the vote would go-ahead in the House of Commons as planned next week.

* Russia is watching the United States' moves in the eastern Mediterranean region and will react to any move that undermines its interests, the country's Ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy said on January 6.

* Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara, said Monday that its international reserves stood at US$101.4 billion as of December 31 last year.

* US President Donald Trump said on January 6 that negotiations are under way on the location for the second summit between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates' Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed on January 6 to work jointly for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

* Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 47-member new cabinet line-up has been announced. The cabinet included 25 ministers including PM Hasina, 19 ministers of state and three deputy ministers.

* The Israeli military said on January 7 that it struck the northern Gaza Strip overnight in retaliation for the rocket fire toward southern Israel. No injuries were immediately reported from both sides.

* German authorities didn't know of a massive data leak that affected politicians until January, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said on Saturday, quoted by German news agency DPA.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on January 6 on the White House to recognize "Israeli sovereignty" over the Golan Heights in a joint statements with US National Security Advisor John Bolton in Jerusalem. The statements were part of Bolton's trip to Israel which started on January 5. Netanyahu said that he had raised the issue with the US President Donald Trump.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on January 6 called on Russian companies to return to Libya. Serraj made his remarks during a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Libya Ivan Molotkov in the capital Tripoli.

* Turkish Presidential spokesman said on January 6 that it was irrational to claim "Turkey targets Kurds" in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Turkey's real targets were the militants of the Islamic State, the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoots, the spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

* The number of tourists visiting Israel in 2018 rose by 14 percent from 2017 to reach a record of 4.1 million, said an annual report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on January 6.

* At least 31 people were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Gilangharb city in Kermanshah province in the west of Iran on January 6, Iran Emergency Organization was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Lorestan province as well as in Iraq.

* About 2,000 travelers were stranded overnight at a key airport through Sunday in Hokkaido, northern Japan, as heavy snow caused flight cancellations, local media reported.

* Heavy snowfall continued to hit large parts of Austria on January 6, causing road closures, traffic accidents and congestion, and a high risk of avalanches, local media reported.