World News in Brief: January 15

At least 16 people were killed on Sunday after an aircraft crashed in western Nepal's Pokhara, an army spokesman said, as hundreds of rescue workers scoured the hillside crash site.
Sri Lankan migrant workers remitted 475.6 million USD in December 2022, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara said on Saturday.
Sri Lankan migrant workers remitted 475.6 million USD in December 2022, Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara said on Saturday.

* China has released a document to support the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), detailing specific measures to promote the high-quality development of these firms, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

* Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen left Phnom Penh on Sunday for a three-day visit to the Maldives, said a Cambodian official.

* Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos left for Davos, Switzerland, on Sunday to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) that brings together decision-makers to discuss issues about the global economy, looking forward to promoting Philippines' role as a growth driver and finding more partners to back the country's development.

* Brunei's economy increased by 0.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2022, rebounding from the past six quarters' negative growth since 2021, official data showed on Saturday.

* Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office said late on Saturday that Britain would send 14 of its main battle tanks along with additional artillery support to Ukraine, disregarding criticism from the Russian Embassy in London.

* Bolivian Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta has denounced a tweet written by a US government official on the situation in the Santa Cruz department, saying the remarks constitute an interference in the internal affairs of his country.

* It has been more than three days since over 70 prisoners began a hunger strike protesting harsh solitary confinement practices across the south central US state Texas, the Texas Tribune reported on Friday.

* Control of arms trafficking from the United States is a priority for Mexico in its bilateral relations with its northern neighbor, Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday.

* Russia will launch the unmanned Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft to bring home three astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) as their Soyuz MS-22 spaceship has an emergency situation, Russian space authorities said Saturday.

* Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in different Israeli cities on Saturday evening to protest the new government's plan to implement widespread reforms of the judicial system.

* Israeli troops killed two Palestinian gunmen in the occupied West Bank on Saturday in what witnesses described as a running skirmish touched off by an army raid near a flashpoint town.

* Chinese capital Beijing has set a GDP growth target of over 4.5 percent for 2023, the city's acting mayor Yin Yong said Sunday, as he delivered the government report at the annual session of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress.

* A new package of 40 million USD in cash as humanitarian aid has been delivered to Afghanistan and deposited in one of the commercial banks in Kabul, said a statement from Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the country's central bank, released in Kabul on Sunday.

* US President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for California on Saturday, as storms have pounded the Golden State since Dec. 26, killing at least 19 people and bringing floods, power outages, mudslides, evacuations and road closures.

* Honduras on Saturday declared a national, 90-day health emergency due to an outbreak of avian flu, according to an executive decree published in the official gazette.