World News in Brief: November 10

Sunday, 2019-11-10 16:26:53
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Thousands of Cambodian government officials, diplomatic corps in Phnom Penh, representatives of the Royal Cambodian Army, and Cambodian students recently attended a ceremony to observe Cambodia’s 66th Independence Day.

* In a message on his personal Twitter account, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez criticised the US Ambassador’s speech during a UN discussion session on Cuba’s report demanding an end to the US embargo.

* Thai rice exporters have voiced their support for the Thai government’s decision to ban three toxic chemicals from being used in agriculture, after importing countries have tightened their agro-product orders based on food safety regulations.

* Credit rating agency Moody’s downgrades the outlook for the UK’s debt to “negative”, citing mounting policy challenges amid the Brexit debate.

* The US space agency NASA recently released its first all-electric aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell. At present, this aircraft model is in the process of development at a laboratory in the desert region of California State.

* According to a report by Switzerland’s largest bank UBS and consulting firm PwC, the number of world’s billionaires in 2018 dropped by 57 due to economic difficulties, and the sudden rise of the US dollar caused the “evaporation” of US$388 billion in their wealth.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently affirmed the “close relationship” between Berlin and Washington on the occasion US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Germany .

* A Brazilian federal judge signed the release of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who had to serve an eight-year and 10-month imprisonment sentence from April 2018 for corruption.

* The United Nations recently emphasised the urgent need to support thousands of refugee children in Italy so that they could develop in the best way possible.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry said Iran’s latest move to reduce its commitment in the nuclear deal does not pose a threat to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, while affirming that Moscow supports the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.

* The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said the opening round of talks about Syria’s political future has just concluded with progress beyond expectations, adding that the next round of dialogue would take place in Geneva, Switzerland on November 25.