World Round up: Jet crash search; N. Korea seek Vietnam relations; US sanctions
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
With an eye on chancellery, Merkel protege wants a new era in Germany
Pitching to succeed Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promised on Wednesday a new chapter for Germany in which "people feel at home here" after a period of political turmoil marked by the rise of the far-right. Should she secure the CDU leadership, Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, would be in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor.
Pompeo talks with North Koreans postponed, but South says second Kim-Trump summit on track
A meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials set for Thursday in New York has been postponed, the U.S. State Department said, but South Korea said the delay will not derail a second North Korea-U.S. summit. Pompeo had been due to hold talks with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, hoping to pave the way for the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and make progress on denuclearization.
A century after WW1, the search for a soldier's identity
In a hospital mortuary in eastern France, the forensic doctor Bruno Fremont examines a gaping hole in the skull of a soldier killed by shrapnel a century ago, at the Battle of Verdun during World War One. Laid out on a white sheet are the combatant's near-complete skeleton, many of the bones blackened, and his leather boots, the laces tied tight. What's missing is the soldier's ID tag.
Begging in Beijing? Pakistan sacks state TV chief after broadcast gaffe
Pakistan has removed the acting chief of state-run television after a caption read "Begging" instead "Beijing" during a broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China, which has promised economic aid to the impoverished South Asian country. Khan was in Beijing seeking financial aid to help end a spiralling balance of payments crisis after securing $6 billion in support from Saudi Arabia and before Pakistan sat down to talks with the IMF.
West Bank kin cheer first Palestinian-American woman in U.S. Congress
Tuning into the news at dawn on Wednesday, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, celebrated her victory in their home in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Tlaib, a Democrat, ran virtually unopposed in Michigan's 13th congressional district, which encompasses southwest Detroit and its suburbs west to the city of Dearborn. She previously served in Michigan's state legislature.
Spain's PM aims to finish the legislature, to present the budget in December
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday he aims to take the legislature through to the next election in 2020 and present the 2019 budget in December.
Macron plan to pay WW1 tribute to Nazi collaborator Petain stirs anger
President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday it was "legitimate" to pay tribute to Marshal Philippe Petain, who led the French army to victory in World War One's Battle of Verdun but decades later collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War Two. Macron's plan to honour Petain alongside seven other French marshals who directed military campaigns during World War One, which ended 100 years ago on Nov. 11, has unleashed criticism from Jewish groups, political opponents and on social media.
New U.S. sanctions over chemical weapons would be 'illegal': Kremlin
Russia would consider any new chemical weapons-related sanctions imposed by the United States to be illegal, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it would impose additional sanctions on Russia after Moscow failed to give reasonable assurances it would not use chemical weapons after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England.
As North Korea ponders economic reform, its top diplomat to visit Vietnam
North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, will visit Vietnam this month to learn about its model of economic reform, a diplomatic source and media reported on Wednesday. Ri will visit the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, for three days from Nov. 27 to inspect industrial zones and interview economic experts, a diplomatic source with direct knowledge of the trip told Reuters.
Indonesia extends the search for victims of the jet crash
Indonesia authorities extended on Wednesday a search for victims of a plane crash last week, when all 189 on board a Lion Air flight were killed, and for the aircraft's second black box, the cockpit voice recorder. The nearly new Boeing Co. 737 MAX passenger plane slammed into the sea on Oct. 29, only minutes after takeoff from Jakarta en route to Bangka island near Sumatra.