France invites resigned PM Saad Hariri amid speculations about the crisis reasons
Expectations that the turbulence in the Middle East, triggered by the strange resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, declared on 4 November from Riyadh, could end, evaporated last week, while speculation about what caused the crisis increased. France's Elysee palace announced on Thursday that Saad Hariri was invited to come to France and that he has accepted the invitation by French President Emmanuel Macron.
At least 15 states join global alliance to phase out coal by 2030
The COP23 high-level talks were opened last Wednesday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who jointly called on other countries to match Europe's climate goals, news wires reported. As delegates entered the last stretch of the two-week conference, the EU was praised for its measures to battle climate change.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on 15 November. He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.
Erdogan pledges support for Qatar
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his country's continued military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha on 15 November, amid the ongoing political crisis in the Gulf. He visited the Turkish military base to which Ankara has said it will deploy 3,000 ground troops to serve as a venue for joint training exercises.
China sends diplomatic envoy to North Korea
A senior Chinese diplomat started his visit to North Korea from Friday, 17 November, as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Russia's law designates media as 'foreign agents'
Russia's lower house of parliament approved last Wednesday a bill that would give Moscow the power to force foreign media to brand the news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and also to disclose where they get their funding, news wires reported.