World News in Brief: November 7

Thursday, 2019-11-07 14:31:04
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The UN Security Council on Wednesday (November 6) welcomed the agreement inked Tuesday in Riyadh between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

* At the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro, Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Greece and attend the 11th BRICS summit in Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, from November 10 to 15 , Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Thursday (November 7).

* Russia and India are working on a program of military technical cooperation by 2030, the Russian government said in a statement on Wednesday.

* House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced on Wednesday that the panel's first open hearings as part of an impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump will begin next week.

* Turkey welcomed on Wednesday the first China Railway Express freight train that travels from China to Europe through the sub-sea Bosphorus rail tunnel.

* Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Wednesday Britain faces a year-long "horror show" in 2020 if the impasse over Brexit is not resolved.

* US President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Washington next week, ending the speculation that the Turkish president might call off the trip given the delicate bilateral ties.

* German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is planning to increase national border controls to take action against illegal entries and abusive asylum applications, Germany's largest newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday.

* Russia is going to supply Pantsir-S air defense systems to Serbia in the next few months, director general of the Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Wednesday.

* Iran resumed uranium enrichment at Fordow nuclear facility in the early hours of Thursday after a break-off period since the clinch of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, the official IRNA news agency reported.

* US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland on Wednesday expressed concern over increasing foreign intervention and civilian casualties in Libya.

* US special envoy for Syria and the anti-ISIS (the Islamic State) coalition James Jeffrey will travel to Turkey later this week, discussing the situation in northeast Syria and the fight against IS with Ankara.

* Jordan on Wednesday reaffirmed a two-state solution as the only way to resolve the Palestinian issue and to create comprehensive peace.

* The German government passed a draft bill by Environment Minister Svenja Schulze on Wednesday to ban disposable plastic bags in Germany.

* Turkey has captured the wife of the dead leader of the Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

* The ongoing second South Africa Investment Conference at the Sandton Convention Center on Wednesday secured ZAR363 billion (US$24.5 billion) in investment pledges. The three-day conference, themed "Accelerating Economic Growth by Building Partnerships", runs until Thursday.