World News in Brief: May 10

Friday, 2019-05-10 11:00:41
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NDO – According to Nhan Dan Newspaper’s correspondents in Thailand, on March 9, at least 11 political parties in the country with a seat in the House of Representatives declared an alliance with the Palang Pracharath Party, in support of current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

On the same day, PM Chan O-cha said he sent a list of 250 senators to the King for approval.

* The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development has cooperated with the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies to hold a high-level dialogue on human rights in ASEAN, assessing the decade-long operation of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

* The UN Command has approved a plan to open two additional peace trails in the Inter-Korean Demilitarised Zone, the border area between the two Korean nations.

* President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in has expressed his desire to soon hold a dialogue with opposition parties in the country about food aid for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Meanwhile, the Blue House said that it is continuing to closely monitor the evolution of the current security situation, after the recent launch of DPRK’s flying objects.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that he will commit the whole agency to work to end the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

* The Mexican government has confirmed that the country does not apply for Title III of the Helms-Burton Act that the US enforces on Cuba, and claims it will protect domestic companies that may be affected.

* 159 US senators, both Democrats and Republicans, have proposed that Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council, recommend to President Donald Trump not to raise taxes on imported cars and car parts.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to submit an agreement on Brexit for the House of Commons to vote for the fourth time, hoping to break the deadlock before the European Parliament election.

* The British Green Party has officially launched a campaign for the European Parliament election, with a pledge to oppose the UK's Brexit and support efforts to combat climate change.

* Russia's Foreign Ministry has called on countries not to intervene in Venezuela. It also announced that Russia is building a constructive agenda for Venezuela’s issues.

* The Japanese House of Councillors has adopted the Acquisition and Cross-servicing Agreement (ACSA), which allows Japanese Self-Defense Forces and French and Canadian troops to supply ammunition and food to each other.

* The Palestinian authority has accused the US of putting pressure on Palestinian people to accept Washington's proposed peace plan.

* The Electoral Commission of South Africa has announced the preliminary results of the country’s general election, showing that the African National Congress (ANC) is taking the lead, followed by the Democratic Alliance, with a difference of 26% of votes.

* After talks with Prime Minister of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, who is on a visit to France, President Emmanuel Macron has reaffirmed support for GNA.

* Within the framework of a visit to the UK, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington wishes countries to receive citizens who joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria.

* The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) has said that more than 50 million people in the Middle East and North Africa are malnourished. Most of them are in countries with ongoing conflicts.