World News in Brief: November 6

Wednesday, 2019-11-06 17:51:54
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A UN spokesperson said Tuesday (November 5) that the United Nation's determination on the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change remains unchanged despite the US notice of withdrawal.

* Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked bankers on Wednesday (November 6) to edge down the lending rate to spur loan growth in a bid to help accelerate flagging economic expansion. It came a day after the release of the country's GDP growth of 5.02 percent in the third quarter, the slowest pace in two years, amid slackening exports and steady consumption.

* China and France, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of Eastern and Western civilizations, should shoulder more responsibilities and exercise their roles as major countries, as the world is undergoing changes rarely seen in a century, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday. Xi made the remarks when meeting the press together with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

* Republic of Korea (ROK) has offered to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) sending its delegation to inspect ROK-built facilities in the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, local media reports said Wednesday citing Seoul's unification ministry.

* US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over issues of trade and burden-sharing among NATO allies, the White House said in a statement.

* China and Pakistan have agreed in Islamabad on Tuesday to further their cooperation in different fields under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during the ninth Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) meeting of CPEC.

* Demonstration-related violence from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4 caused at least 97 deaths and thousands of injuries during the second wave of demonstrations that started in Iraq on Oct. 25, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said Tuesday.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Germany later this week, said the US State Department on Tuesday. Pompeo will travel to Germany from Nov. 6 to 8, during which he will engage in a full program with the German government and civil society in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a senior State Department official said in a briefing.

* Top US diplomat for East Asia met in Seoul with senior Republic of Korea (ROK) officials Wednesday, according to Seoul's foreign ministry. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged opinions about various issues of mutual concern, including ways for the reciprocal development of the ROK-US relations, the regional cooperation, and the ROK-Japan ties.

* The Syrian army on Tuesday deployed in new areas rich in oil fields in the countryside of Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, the latest progress in the overall deployment of the Syrian army in Kurdish-held areas near the border with Turkey, according to state news agency SANA and a source told Xinhua.

* While winterization preparations are underway for about 900,000 Syrians displaced from their homes by war, there is a gap of US$32 million in funding for it, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

* The Republic of Korea planned to reduce the number of troops to 500,000 by 2022 as part of efforts to tackle a demographic change, the Ministry of Economy and Finance said Wednesday.

* Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit welcomed on Tuesday the signing of a power-sharing deal between the internationally-recognized government of Yemen and Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC).

* The US government said on Tuesday that it had imposed sanctions on five current officials of Venezuela, the latest move to pressure Maduro government.

* A district police chief was killed and three police officers wounded after Taliban militants launched a pre-dawn attack on a district headquarters in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province on Wednesday, a local government official said.

* More than 500,000 people in Angola face food insecurity due to a severe drought hitting several provinces, a government official said in Luanda Tuesday.