World News in Brief: November 27

The Venezuelan government and a sector of the opposition, the Unitary Platform coalition, on Saturday reached a second partial agreement in Mexico City for releasing blocked resources after a standoff that lasted over a year, the head of the government's delegation said.
The activities of China's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) picked up in October as the country's economy has logged a stable recovery since the third quarter of this year, industry data showed.
The activities of China's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) picked up in October as the country's economy has logged a stable recovery since the third quarter of this year, industry data showed.

* Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua has stressed more solid efforts to consolidate and improve the outcomes of poverty alleviation.

* The Belarusian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that Minister Vladimir Makei has died suddenly at the age of 64. Spokesman Anatoly Glaz made the announcement without providing further details.

* Russia's Gazprom GAZP.MM said it will ship 42.6 million cubic metres (mcm) of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Sunday, a similar level to recent days.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed his country's urgent defense needs with visiting British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly, the presidential press service reported Friday.

* The OPEC+ meeting in December will take into account the condition and balance of the market, Iraq's state news agency quoted Saadoun Mohsen, a senior official at the country's state oil marketer SOMO, as saying on Saturday.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday called for backing the soft, peaceful, and popular resistance against Israel in the West Bank until Palestine achieves its goals.

* Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that the country's problems with the United States will not be solved through negotiation, according to the official news agency IRNA.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hosted a summit in Kyiv with allied nations on Saturday to launch a plan to export $150 million worth of grain to countries most vulnerable to famine and drought.

* Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has won re-election with 95% of the Nov. 20 vote and his party took all the senate and parliament seats, his son Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Twitter on Saturday.

* The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday the next presidential election will be held on December 20, 2023.

* The United Nations (UN) on Saturday strongly condemned an attack on an airfield in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) which left a Moroccan peacekeeper dead.

* The energy situation will be even worse next winter in Sweden, an expert from the Swedish Energy Agency warned on Saturday.

* India reported 343 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, compared to 389 tallied a day earlier.

* Malaysia reported 2,898 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 4,984,272, according to the health ministry.

* Over 100 al-Shabab militants were killed during planned operations by Somali National Army and its international partners at the border of Middle Shabelle and Hiran regions of central Somalia, a senior government official confirmed to local media on Saturday.

* At least five members of Yemen's government forces were killed Saturday in a bomb explosion in the country's southern oil-rich province of Shabwa, a security official told Xinhua.

* Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has extended a quarantine placed on two districts that are the epicentre of the country's Ebola outbreak by 21 days, adding that his government's response to the disease was succeeding.

* Namibia will step up efforts against wildlife crime in the country during this year's festive season, an official said Saturday.

* Five people were killed as a helicopter crashed in the eastern coastal county of Yangyang, Gangwon province, the Republic of Korea on Sunday, Yonhap news agency reported.

* A woman was found dead and around 10 people were still missing on the southern Italian holiday island of Ischia after a landslide engulfed buildings during heavy rain on Saturday, a local Italian government official said.