World News in Brief: January 9

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for sweeping reform of the international financial system to allow for low-income countries vulnerable to climate calamities to receive adequate funding from richer nations.
Thailand has rescinded an entry policy announced at the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, its health minister said on Monday, citing sufficient immunisation levels in China and globally.
Thailand has rescinded an entry policy announced at the weekend requiring visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, its health minister said on Monday, citing sufficient immunisation levels in China and globally.

* Indonesian President Joko Widodo and visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim have reaffirmed their commitment to protecting migrant workers through the implementation of the One Channel System (OCS), a single-channel mechanism for the placement of Indonesian migrant workers in the neighboring country.

* China recorded 251,045 inbound passenger trips on Sunday, the first day following a major COVID-19 response policy shift, data from the country's customs watchdog showed on Monday.

* India has detected the presence of all Omicron sub-variants of COVID-19 in the community after testing more than 300 samples since late December, the health ministry said in a statement on Monday.

* Cambodia began to provide a sixth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people across the country free-of-charge on Monday, health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said.

* Thailand on Monday welcomed the arrival of thousands of Chinese tourists in its capital of Bangkok, the first group following China's optimization of COVID-19 strategy which took effect on Jan. 8.

* Brazil's Supreme Court late on Sunday removed the governor of Brasilia from office for 90 days due to flaws in security in the capital, after thousands of backers of far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro ransacked government buildings.

* French President Emmanuel Macron will take Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to visit the construction site of the Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday as he looks to boost bilateral relations ahead of Tokyo taking over the G7 presidency.

* Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his US counterpart Joe Biden will discuss economic integration, immigration, climate change and combating drug gangs later on Monday, Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said.

* Sweden and the United States have begun negotiations to form deeper security ties in the form of a defence cooperation agreement (DCA), the Swedish government said in a statement on Monday.

* Italy will not take a decision on the supply of new arms to Ukraine until February due to political tensions, cost considerations and military shortages, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Monday.

* Britain will face more strikes by workers demanding higher pay after meetings between ministers and trade unions on Monday failed to end a wave of stoppages across sectors from healthcare to transport.

* The Organization of American States (OAS) and several Latin American governments on Sunday condemned the invasion of Brazil's Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court by supporters of far-right former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

* Britain and the European Union reached a data sharing agreement on Monday, in a step towards resolving issues stemming from post-Brexit rules governing trade with Northern Ireland, the two sides said in a joint statement.

* NATO's mission in Kosovo, KFOR, has declined a Serbian government request to send up to 1,000 police and army personnel to Kosovo after clashes between Serbs and the Kosovo authorities, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday.

* The European Commission has opened talks with the United States to discuss subsidies on electric vehicles sold in the North American trade bloc, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said on Monday.

* The US House of Representatives will vote on Monday on the rules that will govern it for the next two years, in a first test of newly elected Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy's ability to wrangle his caucus.

* Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Monday that "foreign enemies' role and involvement in the recent 'riots' in Iran were quite conspicuous."

* German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday a two-state solution for Cyprus is not an option and Germany will continue to push for a de-escalation of tensions on the island.

* Thousands of nurses at two New York City hospitals went on strike on Monday after contract negotiations stalled over pay and staffing levels, a move that caused one of the facilities to postpone procedures and appointments.

* The Philippines' gross international reserves (GIR) level has risen to 96 billion USD as of December from 95.1 billion dollars in November, according to the preliminary data of the Philippine central bank released on Monday.

* The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that negotiations on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal are continuing through relevant channels at both sides' request.

* The number of foreign tourists visiting Israel in 2022 reached 2.7 million, according to an annual report issued by the country's Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday.

* Thirty-one passengers were taken hostage after gunmen attacked a train station in south Nigeria's Edo state, a spokesperson for the state government said on Sunday.

* A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Vanuatu at 8:32 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

* US President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for California after a week of storms killed at least 12 people in the past 10 days and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the state.

* Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised help to repair homes, replace property and rebuild infrastructure as he toured remote flood-ravaged communities across the northwest after "1-in-100-year" floods.

* Pakistan has already received total pledges of $8.57 billion for helping in flood recovery at a conference in Geneva, information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Monday.

* A record high of 9.98 million birds at poultry farms have been culled in Japan this season amid the nationwide surge in cases of avian influenza, the farm ministry said Monday.

* Uganda is expected to be declared Ebola-free on Wednesday if no new case is registered by then, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.