World News in Brief: May 14

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday submitted his resignation to President Tharman Shanmugaratnam, saying he and his government will resign on Wednesday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Botswana expressed concern that the extensive use of pesticides to manage pests, weeds, and diseases may increase the risk of harming species essential to ecosystem health.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Botswana expressed concern that the extensive use of pesticides to manage pests, weeds, and diseases may increase the risk of harming species essential to ecosystem health.

* Janata Samajbabi Party Nepal on Monday quit the coalition government, one week after the party was split.

* Peter Mutharika, the former president of Malawi, has publicly announced his candidacy for president in the country's 2025 elections.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was deeply saddened by the death of a UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) staff member and injury to another DSS staffer in an attack in Gaza, said his deputy spokesman on Monday.

* The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday adopted new measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large vehicles despite opposition from Italy and two other countries.

* A joint declaration on the future of competitiveness, security and growth in the Nordic region was signed by heads of the five states in connection with a Nordic summit held in Sweden on Monday.

* Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Monday welcomed the extension of the preferential trade with the European Union (EU), which was due to expire on June 5, for another year.

* Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that the flow of migrants to the United States has been reduced by 50 percent in recent months, and again called on Washington to help fund development programs designed to curb immigration.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogantold Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during talks in Ankara on Monday that there were "no unsolvable problems" between their countries.

* U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant over the weekend, in which the secretary reiterated Washington's opposition to a major ground operation in Rafah.

* The Israeli army said on Monday that it has intensified its offensive from north to south in the Gaza Strip, targeting 120 sites in Rafah city, the neighborhoods of Jabaliya and Zeitoun in Gaza City.

* The death toll in the Gaza Strip from the Israel-Hamas war is still more than 35,000, but the enclave's Ministry of Health has updated its breakdown of the fatalities, the United Nations said on Monday after Israel questioned a sudden change in numbers.

* Israel army's gunfire killed a UN staffer and injured another UN employee on Monday in the city of Rafah, southern Gaza, the Hamas-run media office said.

* Armed groups are continuing to launch coordinated attacks on civilians in some neighborhoods of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, said UN humanitarians on Monday.

* New Caledonia mobilised security forces, closed its international airport and imposed a curfew in the capital after protests turned violent and police were attacked, the French High Commission said on Tuesday.

* New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters on Tuesday postponed his visit to New Caledonia that had been scheduled for later in the week, as violence broke out in the French Pacific territory.

* Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that his group will continue its battle against the Israeli forces in support of Gaza, local al-Manar TV channel reported.

* Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani on Monday called for Kuwait to re-engage in technical discussions to resolve the ownership dispute over the Arash gas field in the Gulf.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday underscored the significance of maintaining the recent positive trajectory in bilateral relations, despite longstanding disputes.

* The U.S.-British naval coalition on Monday launched an airstrike on the airport of Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported, without providing further details.

* The head of powerful Lebanese armed group Hezbollah said on Monday that residents of northern Israel would not be able to return home for the start of the next school year if their government pressed on with its offensive in the Gaza Strip.

* Wildlife trafficking has persisted worldwide despite two decades of anti-crime action, with more than 4,000 species affected, according to a United Nations (UN) report published Monday.

* African countries should work together to improve air connectivity, which would boost tourism and economic growth, South African Minister of Tourism Patricia de Lille said on Monday.

* Price for imported goods to South Korea rose for the fourth consecutive month due to higher crude oil price and the local currency's depreciation versus the U.S. dollar, central bank data showed Tuesday.

* An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission has opened discussions with Islamabad on a new loan programme, a Pakistan finance ministry statement said on Monday.

* Staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Argentine authorities have reached an agreement on the eighth review of the country's $44 billion extended fund facility arrangement, as reforms under President Javier Milei have improved macroeconomic stability, the IMF said on Monday.

* Bangladesh's inflation decreased to 9.74 percent in April from 9.81 percent in March, according to the latest data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

* A total of 1.36 million visitor arrivals were recorded in Singapore in April, up 20.1 percent year-on-year, according to the latest statistics released by the Singapore Tourism Board.

* The number of people killed by flash floods and mud slides in Indonesia's West Sumatra province has risen to 52 and more than 3,000 people were evacuated, authorities said on Tuesday.

* Devastating and ongoing flooding in southern Brazil is forcing some of the half million displaced residents to consider uprooting their lives from inundated towns to rebuild on higher ground.

* At least 14 people have died and dozens were injured after a huge billboard fell on them during a thunderstorm in India's financial capital Mumbai, according to local authorities.