World News in Brief: May 11

Saturday, 2019-05-11 09:15:23
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NDO – The 4th South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting (SPDMM) held in Fiji adopted various proposals to enhance regional experience sharing and cooperation to deal with security threats.

* Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has urged Russia to release the sailors arrested in the area near the Kerch Strait, after accusing Ukraine's ships of invading its territorial seas in November 2018.

* The Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa has said that, according to the latest results, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is currently leading the country’s general election with 57.2% of the votes.

* Israel has lifted a ban on Palestinian fishing boats in the waters off the Gaza Strip, ending the measures imposed after the outbreak of violence earlier this month.

* The Japanese government has announced a plan to mint commemorative coins to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.

* Prime Minister of Jordan Omar Razzaz, has conducted a third government reform in less than a year.

* The Workers' Party in Brazil has voiced strong opposition to attacks on social networks through fake information aimed at two former Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a conversation with US President Donald Trump, discussing two Canadian citizens detained by China.

* A delegation of high-ranking Egyptian intelligence officials have arrived in Gaza to discuss with Palestinian factions led by the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas to promote a ceasefire with Israel.

* Iranian media quoted Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, the Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for Political Affairs, who asserted that Iran was determined not to talk to the US, adding that the US will not dare to take military action against Iran.

* Japan has activated a free preschool education law, part of the policy by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to strengthen support for child care and address the country’s falling birth rate.

* After the morning session for May 10 closed, while the US stock market went down, the Asian market was in a good position, after the US decision to raise tariffs on imports from China officially took effect.

* The office of the French President has announced that security forces have successfully rescued all four hostages kidnapped in Benin. Two French soldiers were killed when raiding the lair of the kidnappers.

* A ship carrying migrants capsized in the waters off Tunisia, leaving at least 70 people dead. After the accident, nearby boats saved dozens of survivors.