World News in Brief: December 7

As countries prepare to negotiate a new global agreement to protect Earth's environment, the head of the United Nations warned there was no time to lose.
The number of unemployed Filipinos fell to 2.24 million in October, seeing its unemployment rate decline to 4.5 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday.
The number of unemployed Filipinos fell to 2.24 million in October, seeing its unemployment rate decline to 4.5 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from Dec. 7-10, said Hua Chunying, spokesperson at the foreign ministry, in a statement on Wednesday.

* Russia does not exclude the possibility of moderately reducing its oil production given the "uncertain situation" caused by the decision of the European Union (EU) and the Group of Seven (G7) to cap the price of Russian crude, said Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, who is in charge of Russia's energy affairs.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, held a phone call on Wednesday to discuss OPEC+ cooperation and a Western price cap imposed on Russian oil, the Kremlin said.

* The United States and Russia accused each other on Tuesday of not being interested in Ukraine peace talks as calls grow at the United Nations for a ceasefire and diplomacy to end the conflict started nine months ago.

* The leaders of the European Union (EU) reaffirmed their full commitment to the EU membership perspective of the Western Balkan (WB) countries on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans Summit held in Tirana on Tuesday.

* Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday warned Iran of the "consequences" of the arms supplies to Russia, the Ukrainian government-run Ukrinform news agency reported.

* The United States and Britain announced on Wednesday an energy partnership aimed at sustaining a higher level of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Britain and collaborating on ways to increase energy efficiency.

* Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was still one partner short of a coalition to secure a parliamentary majority on Wednesday after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party signed up, with the deadline for forming a government looming.

* The ruling Nepali Congress party emerged as the single largest party in Nepal's general election last month, winning 89 seats in the 275-member parliament, and its leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is likely to retain his post as prime minister.

* Belarus plans to move military equipment and security forces on Wednesday and Thursday in what it says are checks on its response to possible acts of terrorism, the state BelTA news agency reported on Wednesday.

* Colombia's military will keep up offensive operations against illegal armed groups until they demonstrate the will to negotiate for peace, President Gustavo Petro said on Tuesday, after FARC dissidents attacked and killed six soldiers.

* Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ayman Safadi and his visiting Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Tuesday held expanded talks in Amman to enhance bilateral cooperation.

* Countries in the Horn of Africa region are committed to fostering peace, stability, and inclusive growth after enduring decades of strife and ecological calamities, senior officials said on Tuesday.

* The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday more than 80,000 people have arrived in northeast Kenya's Dadaab refugee camps due to ongoing insecurity and severe drought.

* Global renewable energy capacity is expected to almost double in the next five years as the ongoing energy crisis is driving a sharp acceleration of installations of renewable power projects, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday in "Renewables 2022," its annual report on the sector.

* UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Csaba Korosi on Tuesday urged the international community to view the current global humanitarian crisis with "empathy and solidarity" and step up support for people in dire need.

* China's foreign trade of goods expanded 8.6 percent year on year to 38.34 trillion yuan (about 5.78 trillion USD) during the first 11 months of the year, official data showed Wednesday.

* Cambodia's economy is recovering well from the influence of COVID-19 pandemic with the growth being forecast at 4.8 percent in 2022 and 5.2 percent in 2023, the World Bank said in a report released on Wednesday.

* India's spending on subsidised foodgrain to the poor may rise to 2.7 trillion rupees ($32.74 billion) this fiscal year, as the government continues to provide support to the poor at least until December, according to a government official and a document reviewed by Reuters.

* Indonesia recorded foreign exchange reserves of 134 billion USD at the end of November, higher than the previous month's 130.2 billion dollars, Bank Indonesia's spokesman Erwin Haryono on Wednesday.

* Oil prices fell further on Tuesday as traders grew fearful that central bank policy tightening would induce an economic recession and cripple demand for energy.

* Russia's Gazprom said on Wednesday that it will ship 42.4 million cubic metres of gas to Europe via Ukraine today, a volume in line with recent days.

* Pakistan is committed to completing the International Monetary Fund programme while meeting external debt repayments on time, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday during a meeting with the ambassador of its top bilateral lender China.

* The Italian government's statistics office has slashed economic growth predictions for 2023, with impacts from rising energy prices and broad inflation expected to take a greater toll than previously expected.

* Australia has reported slower than expected economic growth for the third quarter of 2022. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday revealed gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.6 percent in the three months to the end of September.

* The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) on Tuesday approved the injection and storage of up to 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a former offshore Danish oil field in the North Sea.

* Israel said on Tuesday it concluded a joint aerial exercise with the French Air and Space Force (FASF) and Navy in the Mediterranean Sea.

* The Syrian government will not allow the services in hospitals and bakeries to stop despite the acute fuel shortage in the country, a minister said on Tuesday.

* Indonesian authorities are investigating an explosion heard on Wednesday at a police station in the capital of West Java province, media reported.

* Sri Lanka's health ministry on Wednesday said it removed COVID-19 restrictions that were in place on passengers arriving from overseas.