1. MAHATHIR PREPARES TO HOST HIS SECOND APEC SUMMIT
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today formally launched preparations to host next year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Malaysia hosted the event more than 20 years ago, and 94 year-old Mahathir will be the first world leader to host the event twice.
He said this at the APEC launch ceremony in Cyberjaya, Selangor.
A key goal of next year’s summit is to finalise the 21-member forum’s post-2020 vision. The first informal meetings of APEC senior officials will be held in Langkawi next week.
2. SIX DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN AFTER GUN ATTACK ON JAPANESE NGO VEHICLE
Six people including the head of a Japanese NGO were killed today after unknown gunmen attacked their vehicle in Jalalabad, a city in eastern Afghanistan.
According to officials, the gunmen fled the scene and no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Officials added Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, the head of Peace Japan Medical Services, was involved in reconstruction work in irrigation and agriculture in the country.
3. RUSSIA ACCUSES U.S. OF DELIBERATELY DELAYING VISAS FOR ITS OFFICIALS
Russia has accused Washington of deliberately delaying the issuing of visas for Russian officials travelling to the United States, something it said could further damage already strained relations.
The Russian embassy in Washington said the U.S. embassy in Moscow failed to issue visas to a Russian delegation of treasury officials who were due to attend an international audit management conference in Washington yesterday.
The U.S. embassy did not immediately respond to the allegations. But it has in the past said its consular section has been understaffed since 2017 during a major diplomatic row with Russia.