World News in Brief: November 3

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat will go to the polls next month, the election commission said on Thursday, a vote that is likely to offer a clue to his party's prospects in a general election due by 2024.
Nuvaxovid, the COVID-19 vaccine created by US company Novavax, should not be given to individuals younger than 30, the Public Health Agency of Sweden said in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Nuvaxovid, the COVID-19 vaccine created by US company Novavax, should not be given to individuals younger than 30, the Public Health Agency of Sweden said in Stockholm on Wednesday.

* China's policy bank responsible for facilitating the country's foreign trade, has rolled out specific credit support for imports from countries that are members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

* Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Thursday that high vaccination rates and the reopening of borders have helped revive the country's tourism industry.

* At least 150 people have died in the severe tropical storm Nalgae that battered the Philippines over the weekend and triggered flash floods and landslides in many parts of the Southeast Asian country, the government said Thursday.

* Russia summoned the British ambassador on Thursday over Moscow's claim that British navy personnel were involved in a Ukrainian drone attack on Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.

* Venezuela on Wednesday urged an end to the US trade embargo against Cuba, calling the decades-old policy "economic terrorism."

* Mexico on Wednesday condemned the United States' refusal to lift its six-decade trade embargo against Cuba despite the repeated and near unanimous calls of the international community to end the sanctions.

* Russia on Wednesday announced its return to the implementation of a grain export deal via the Black Sea, saying Ukraine has promised not to use the humanitarian corridor for military attacks.

* Seven ships carrying agricultural products left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Thursday, a day after the resumption of a grain deal aimed at delivering Ukrainian food to foreign markets, the infrastructure ministry said.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday said he thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the efforts to resume the Black Sea Grain Initiative, a key deal on Ukraine's grain exports.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart on Wednesday that Western media had launched a campaign that could trigger escalation in the Gulf, his ministry said.

* President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he wanted to maintain Turkey's relations with Israel based on mutual understanding, no matter the election outcome, as former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set to return to power.

* The 31st Arab League (AL) Summit concluded in Algiers on Wednesday with the adoption of the Algiers Declaration which calls for joint action to tackle the regional and global challenges.

* Special forces of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces began military exercises near the southern borders of the country on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Defense.

* The UK government could change the law to delay elections in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland's foreign minister said on Wednesday after a meeting with the British minister for the region.

* U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the truce agreed in Ethiopia on Wednesday as a "welcome first step" that he hoped would bring solace to civilians after two years of war, according to a U.N. spokesman.

* Venezuela's government and the country's opposition plan to resume dialogues in Mexico as soon as this month after a long delay, and are expected to focus on negotiating conditions for a presidential election, four sources close to the talks said.

* A bilateral agreement on nuclear energy between the United States and Mexico entered into force, the US State Department said Wednesday, adding that it will enhance cooperation on energy security.

* Iran denied on Wednesday it posed a threat to Saudi Arabia, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Riyadh had shared intelligence with the United States warning of an imminent attack from Iran on targets in the kingdom.

* Kenya's President William Ruto on Wednesday officially deployed troops to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to join an East African regional force aiming to end decades of bloodshed.

* Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are working toward the achievement of a "good and robust" agreement.

* Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law to phase out coal-fired power plants in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia by 2030 instead of a previous date of 2038, part of Berlin's efforts to speed up the cutting of greenhouse emissions.

* Norway has raised its goal of cutting climate related emissions to at least 55% by 2030 from a previous goal of between 50% and 55%, the government said in a statement on Thursday ahead of the COP27 meeting in Egypt later this month.

* Gas emissions from the European Union's energy sector have ended more than a year of post-pandemic rises thanks to cleaner power supplies and energy-saving efforts, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) said on Thursday.

* Russia's economy shrank by 5% on an annualised basis in September, the economy ministry said on Thursday, a sharper contraction than the 4% recorded a month earlier.

* The Swiss government stuck to its hard line on Wednesday and said it would not provide financial aid this winter to companies and households hit hard by surging energy prices. Neither the economic situation nor inflation justify extraordinary relief measures, the cabinet said in a statement.

* Norway's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 2.50% on Thursday, as expected by nearly half the economists surveyed by Reuters, and said it will likely hike again in December to help curb inflation.

* German exports fell slightly by 0.5 percent in September, while imports were down 2.3 percent compared with the previous month, according to preliminary figures published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

* Republic of Korea's multicultural marriages hit a record low in 2021 amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic, statistical office data showed Thursday.

* Three charity boats carrying almost 1,000 rescued migrants on Wednesday urged Italian or Maltese authorities to welcome them into one of their ports, saying those onboard needed urgent assistance.

* Greek rescuers on Wednesday recovered 20 bodies of migrants who drowned after their small boat capsized while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the coast guard said, and dozens more were feared dead.

* Lebanese Agriculture Minister Abbas Hajj Hassan on Wednesday launched a national strategy for wheat cultivation amid the concerns of a wheat crisis in the country as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to evolve.

VNA, Reuters, Xinhua