World News in Brief: May 9

Thursday, 2019-05-09 09:38:51
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At a forum on the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s New Southern and Northern Policies on May 8, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lee Tae-ho reiterated the RoK's policy commitment to deepening ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Eurasian countries for regional peace and prosperity.

*UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced a new project to enhance the tracking and detection of suspected terrorists by using the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, "goTravel" software system.

*A train accident near Rendsburg in northern Germany has injured at least 20 people as the train collided with a semitrailer at a level crossing in the town of Alt Duvenstedt in the early morning.

*UK and Ireland have signed a deal to guarantee rights of citizens after Brexit. The deal will ensure the existing common travel area (CTA) whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

*A group of Taliban fighters has attacked the compound of a United States-funded international aid group, Counterpart International, in Kabul on May 8, injuring at least nine people officials said.

*Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Admiral Nikolai Evmenov as Commander in Chief of the Russian Federation Navy who will replace former commander-in-chief of the Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev.

*World Health Organisation experts have recommended a dramatic expansion of vaccination against Ebola in Congo as the outbreak killed more than 1,000 locals.

*The US Justice Department has suggested that it may completely withhold special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report from Congress if the House moves ahead with plans to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. This is the report on Mueller's 22-month probe into Russian election meddling.

*Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has signed an executive order relaxing gun rules in the country, making it easier to import guns and increasing the amount of ammunition a person can buy in a year.
*Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced that it agreed with the opposition on the country’s general structure of the transitional regime.

*Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on the United States to end a security assistance program called the Merida Initiative and instead invest in economic development in Mexico and Central America. The Merida Initiative aims to combat drug trafficking with US military equipment, technical support and training for security forces in Mexico and Central America.

*Facebook has chosen London as the centre for a push into payments on its WhatsApp messaging service, boosting the city's hopes of becoming a global fintech hub.

*The Home Office has confirmed that it has abandoned its target to process the majority of asylum applications in the UK within six months. Human rights lawyers have warned that by cutting the six-month target policy, the Home Office is opening itself up for more issues.

*Venezuela’ Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) stripped seven lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity for backing an alleged coup attempt on April 30.

*A Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off the runway when it landed in bad weather at Yangon’s international airport on Wednesday (May 8) evening, injuring at least 17 people. The Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft was carrying 29 passengers and four crew when it bounced while landing during heavy winds. The plane was severely damaged.

Xinhua, Reuters