11/27/2023, 09.44
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Hamas and Israel negotiate truce extension

Today's news: In a meeting in Busan, the governments of China, Japan and South Korea explore a way to restart cooperation after a period of high tensions; Beijing launches an investigation into one of the country's most important shadow banks; India has increased its milk production by almost 23% in five years; The Bay of Bengal hosts joint exercises between the armies of India and Russia; Ašgabat starts distributing cheap flour rations.

Hamas and Israel are negotiating to extend the ongoing truce and hostage deal beyond the initial four-day period. The terrorist group announced it on Sunday evening. The temporary ceasefire is currently expected to end on Monday evening, in order to secure the release of other Palestinian security prisoners imprisoned by Israel. The agreement also provides that both sides may agree to extend the truce by an additional day for every 10 hostages released after the initial 50, up to a maximum of 100. So far, 39 Israeli hostages and 117 Palestinian prisoners have been released under the framework. of the agreement, not counting one Israeli-Russian man and 19 foreign citizens released from Gaza separately by the Israel-Hamas agreement.

At a foreign ministers' summit in Busan, China, Japan and South Korea agreed to restart cooperation and pave the way for a meeting of heads of government. This is a new move to ease tensions between the Asian neighbors. Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo had agreed on annual summits since 2008 to strengthen diplomatic and economic exchanges, but disagreements and the COVID pandemic disrupted the plan, with the three leaders last meeting in 2019. During the talks, which lasted 100 minutes, ministers agreed to advance cooperation in six areas, including security, economy and technology.

Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into one of the country's largest shadow banks, which lent billions to real estate firms. Zhongzhi Enterprise Group (ZEG) has an asset management arm that, at its peak, reportedly managed more than one trillion yuan (9 billion). The investigation into "suspected illegal crimes" comes just days after ZEG declared its insolvency.

Milk production in the country has increased by 22.81% in the last five years. This was announced by the Indian Minister for Fisheries, Livestock and Dairying Parshottam Rupala who released the basic livestock statistics for 2022-23 in Guwahati. 15.72% of milk is produced in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Rajasthan (14.44%), Madhya Pradesh (8.73%), Gujarat (7.49%) and Andhra Pradesh (6, 70%).

Joint exercises of the Russian and Indian navies were held in the Bay of Bengal for two days, with a series of artillery assaults on maritime and air targets, training on the exchange of on-board reserves between the two fleets, helicopter landing tests Indians on Russian ships and Russian assault ships on Indian armored ships.

In Belarus, another Catholic priest, 48-year-old Father Vjačeslav Pjalinek, parish priest of the Exaltation of the Cross in Brest and former secretary of the former nuncio in Minsk, the current Cardinal Claudio Guggerotti of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches, was arrested immediately after morning Mass, and his phones and computers were confiscated without giving any explanation.

The state shops in Ashgabat have begun to distribute rations of low-cost flour according to the new subsidies decided by the government of Turkmenistan, to address the profound economic crisis that shows no signs of being resolved, but the supplies were not enough for all those entitled to it, who had been queuing up since the night to get their due share.

Kuala Lumpur will allow citizens from China and India to enter the country without the need for an entry visa for a maximum stay of 30 days. The measure, announced yesterday at the closing of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) congress by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, will come into force on December 1 and is part of efforts to promote tourism and the economy.

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