World News in Brief: November 8

Friday, 2019-11-08 21:46:16
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A suspect allegedly taking part in the killing of 15 people in Thailand's restive province of Yala was arrested by police, said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on Friday (November 8).

* China plans to conduct its seventh national population census in 2020, the State Council announced Friday. The census, to begin on November 1, 2020, will survey the amount, structure and distribution of the population, according to a notice issued by the State Council.

* Japan's Cabinet on Friday green lit plans to utilize around JPY130 billion (US$1.2 billion) to fund an emergency package that will be used to finance reconstruction efforts in areas battered by powerful typhoons recently.

* All Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) nations must jointly make concerted, synchronized effort towards securing people from disasters, said Indian Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Friday. Addressing the 10th meeting of the heads of departments of SCO member states, Shah said that climate change presented new challenges in disaster management in today's world.

* Defense ministers of Republic of Korea and the United States will hold their annual security talks in Seoul next week, Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.

* Three groups of migrants who were rescued in Malta's territorial waters were distributed among Germany, Lithuania and Romania on Thursday. The distribution took place under the terms of a European Union (EU) brokered agreement reached before they were allowed into Malta.

* Iran's cut of commitments pertaining to the 2015 nuclear deal is a "wake-up call" for the remaining parties of the deal to protect Iran's interests, Iran's Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad was quoted as saying by Press TV Friday.

* Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev said in Sofia on Friday that there are many obstacles stifling the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union (EU).

* Three explosions occurred in Kyrgyzstan's capital on Friday, leaving at least one dead and 13 injured.

* The air defense forces of Iran's army targeted an "unknown" drone over the sky of southern port city of Mahshahr on Friday, Tasnim news agency reported.

* Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said Thursday that the cabinet reshuffle came ahead of a series of incentives to be announced soon amidst the comprehensive reform process, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

* South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the country's main opposition leader Riek Machar on Thursday agreed to postpone the formation of a transitional government of national unity by 100 days.

* Two Tunisian ministers on Thursday announced their resignations from the current government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed. The two resignations occurred one day before the election body announces the final results of the legislative election.

* Turkish police on Thursday detained 17 foreign nationals in Ankara suspected of being linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.