World News in Brief: November 12

Tuesday, 2019-11-12 04:46:25
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The Ninth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) took place recently in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, with Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu heading the Vietnamese delegation to the event.

* The Embassy of Vietnam in Italy recently coordinated with authorities from Castelbuono in Palermo, capital of the southern region of Sicily, to organise a forum on enhancing economic cooperation between Vietnam and Palermo, with the participation of over 30 businesses from the Sicilian region.

* The Russian Defence Ministry has stated that from November 11 to 15, Russia’s military aircraft are conducting surveillance flights on the Greek territory as part of the Treaty on Open Skies.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Greece on an official visit aiming to deepen economic ties between Beijing and Athens. This is the first visit to Greece made by a Chinese head of state in the past 11 years.

* The European Council recently announced that the European Union (EU) has extended its sanctions against Venezuela until November 14, 2020, including an arms embargo and an asset freeze and travel bans against 25 Venezuelan officials.

* White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said the United States was “extremely disappointed” by Turkey’s purchase of Russian air defense missile systems, warning that Washington could impose sanctions if Ankara does not give up the deal with Moscow.

* Leaders of the three countries, Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia recently discussed the formation of a common market, after the EU rejected efforts made by North Macedonia and Albania to kick-start negotiations to join the bloc.

* Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham affirmed that the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump will not be valid unless the US House of Representatives announces the accuser’s identity.

* At a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of two nuclear reactors at the at the Bushehr power plant, Iran announced that Tehran was willing to exchange experiences with the Gulf countries in developing nuclear technology.

* Chief of the Palestinian Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyeh, has called on the parties to respect the voting results if the Palestinian general elections are held.

* The Bangladeshi government released that the number of deaths due to Tropical Cyclone Bulbul in the country has climbed to 12, while five fishermen are still missing.

* At least six people have been injured in a recent collision between two trains in Hyderabad City in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

* As forecast by economists, the agricultural processing industry in Africa could reach a value of US$100 billion by 2030, due to a sharply growing demand for food and foodstuff among consumers across the continent.

* Foreign ministers of EU countries have agreed on economic sanctions related to Turkey’s oil exploration activities in Cypriot waters, approving the establishment of a legal framework for travel bans and asset blockades. They have not yet published the list of entities subject to sanctions.

* An unusually strong earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.4, hit the town of Montelimar in Drome, southeastern France, on Monday, injuring four people, including one in serious condition.