World News in Brief: November 11, 2019

Monday, 2019-11-11 09:19:50
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The six-volume Czech-Vietnamese encyclopaedia, compiled by Vietnamese engineer Nguyen Quyet Tien and his Czech colleagues, has been honoured at the 2019 award for literature by the Czech Writers’ Association in Prague.

* A ceremony to welcome the upcoming ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Commemorative Summit has been held in Busan city, luring the participation of around 10,000 people. The commemorative summit is scheduled to open on November 25.

* The Republic of Korea (ROK)’s top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said that the country could reconsider its decision in terminating the military intelligence-sharing pact General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with Japan, if bilateral relations are normalised.

* About 18.2 million Romanian voters have cast their ballots for one of 14 candidates vying for the five-year presidential term.

* The Afghan presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has called for a cessation of vote recounting activities, while affirming that he would not accept the results of the presidential election on September 28 because of voting-fraud.

* The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has temporarily released former President of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party Kem Sokha from arrest before being put on trial in the near future.

* A poll conducted by British newspaper the Independent has showed that support for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party increased from 31% last month to 37%.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Japan on November 22 and plan to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi, to promote negotiations for the signing of a peace treaty between the two countries.

* The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on European Union member states to make a fair contribution to the settlement of migrant issue, emphasising that "front line" countries that are receiving migrants like Italy have been left behind for too long.

* Iranian media has reported that the country's army shot down a drone which entered its airspace, using a domestically produced air defence system called Mersad.

* Palestine’s Fatah Party has announced that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is its only candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

* Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province government has announced that 36 rebels in the province have surrendered. The militants are active members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and Taliban.

* The Indian media has reported that India and Russia will hold the joint drill Indra-2019 for the first time ever, from December 10 to 19, to enhance interoperability between both national armed forces.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has said that rallies have helped the country's political reform, but called for the protesters not to affect the lives of the people.

* King Abdullah II of Jordan has declared the kingdom's "full sovereignty" over two plots of land leased to Israel, ending a 25-year land lease agreement under a peaceful agreement between the two countries.

* Turkey's Ministry of Defence has said that a car bomb had killed at least eight civilians and injured 20 in northeast Syria. Turkey accused Kurdish gunmen in Syria of carrying out the bombing.