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Explosions hit Poland’s eastern border

  On November 15, a missile fell into the Khrubieszow region in eastern Poland on the border with Ukraine and exploded, killing two civilians. Then the Polish government urgently summoned the Russian ambassador to Poland and asked him to give a detailed explanation on this. At the same time, Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki also ordered to increase the combat readiness level of some Polish military units. Regarding Poland’s reaction, the Russian Ministry of Defense responded that Poland’s statement on Russian-made missiles was a deliberate provocation intended to aggravate the current situation, emphasizing that Russia did not conduct any military strikes against the Polish-Ukrainian border.
  On November 16, U.S. President Biden told reporters in this regard that the two missiles were “unlikely to be launched from Russia” from their trajectories. Later in the day, Biden told the Group of Seven and NATO allies that the explosion on Poland’s eastern border was caused by a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile. NATO also held an emergency meeting in Brussels on November 16. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting that NATO is investigating the incident, and there is no sign that it was a deliberate attack, and there is no sign that Russia is preparing to take offensive military action against NATO. On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that Russian military experts confirmed according to the pictures released by Poland that the debris after the explosion belonged to the Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile components, saying that Russia’s strike targets in Ukraine were more than 35 kilometers away from the Polish border. Russian military expert Alexei Leonkov analyzed that the cause of the incident was that a target in western Ukraine was hit by a Russian missile. The local forces launched the S-300 missile to try to track and intercept it. The storage period caused errors in its flight, course correction, and self-destruct systems, and it deviated from the course and eventually fell into Poland.
Trump announces re-election for US president

  On November 15, former U.S. President Trump delivered a speech at Mar-a-Lago, officially announcing his participation in the 2024 U.S. presidential election and submitting formal documents to the U.S. Federal Election Commission on the same day. In his speech, Trump reviewed his “political achievements” in various fields during his presidency of the United States, and at the same time criticized the current US government and the policies of the Democratic Party, declaring that he would bring “America back”.
  Trump is 76 years old and will serve as President of the United States from early 2017 to early 2021. In the 2020 presidential election, he lost to Democrat Joe Biden, but refused to concede defeat. At present, Trump is involved in a number of criminal and civil investigations, involving “Capitol Hill riots”, interference in the 2020 presidential election counting, improper handling of confidential documents, and tax fraud by the Trump Organization. On November 18, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of former federal prosecutor John L. Smith (John L. Smith) as a special prosecutor to handle the investigation of former U.S. President Trump. The focus of the investigation includes The handling of confidential documents at Mar-a-Lago and the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
Zaporozhye nuclear power plant hit by shelling

  According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the night of November 19 and 20, more than a dozen explosions occurred at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe currently controlled by Russia. Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said, “The explosion at this major nuclear power plant is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind it must stop immediately.” According to reports, the local IAEA team quoted According to the information provided by the management department of the nuclear power plant, some buildings, systems and equipment of the nuclear power plant were damaged, but so far, equipment that is critical to nuclear safety and security has not been damaged.
  At the same time, Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for the shelling incident. The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine had fired shells at the power lines feeding the nuclear power plant. Ukraine’s state nuclear power company accused the Russian military of shelling the nuclear power plant, and said that the nuclear power plant infrastructure had been attacked at least 12 times.
World population hits 8 billion

  The “World Population Prospects 2022” report predicts that by November 15, the global population will reach 8 billion. According to information on the United Nations website, it took about 12 years for the global population to grow from 7 billion to 8 billion, and it will take about 15 years to reach 9 billion by 2037, which indicates that the overall growth rate of the global population is slowing down. Meanwhile, according to the latest projections, the global population will peak at about 10.4 billion in the 2080s and remain at this level until 2100.
  The most populous continent in the world is Asia. In 2022, the two most populous regions are both in Asia: East and Southeast Asia with 2.3 billion people, and Central and South Asia with 2.1 billion people. China and India each have a population of more than 1.4 billion, accounting for the majority of the population of the two regions mentioned above. India is expected to become the most populous country as early as 2023 and reach a population of about 1.67 billion in 2050.
Another large-scale rally broke out in Seoul, South Korea

  On the evening of November 19, a large-scale candlelight rally broke out from the Seoul Metropolitan Government Square to Sungnyemun Gate, urging South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue to step down. According to the report, according to the statistics of the organizers, there were 200,000 participants in the event that day. Six people including Ahn Min-seok, a member of the Common Democratic Party, the largest opposition party in South Korea, also participated in the rally that night, and gave a speech at the rally, expressing their opinions critical of the Yoon Seok-yue government.
  On November 20, Chung Jin-suk, chairman of the Emergency Countermeasures Committee of the ruling National Power Party of South Korea, said that the actions of the Democratic Party of the Democratic Party had exceeded the “red line”. Zheng Zhenshuo said: “Is it plausible to say ‘impeachment’ and ‘resignation’ to a president who has just taken office for six months? This is an expression of dissatisfaction with the results of the general election.” On the evening of November 5th, a candlelight with a scale of 60,000 people broke out in the center of Seoul
  . At the rally, the South Korean people mourned the victims of the Itaewon stampede in this way, and at the same time urged the government to find out the truth and punish those responsible for the accident.
Relevant parties to the Black Sea Port Agricultural Products Outbound Agreement agree to extend the agreement by 120 days

  On November 17, Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and other parties confirmed that the relevant parties to the Black Sea Port Agricultural Products Export Agreement have agreed to extend the agreement for 120 days. United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a statement on the same day, expressing welcome that all parties agreed to extend the agreement in order to ensure the smooth export of grain from Black Sea ports. The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure also informed on November 17 that the decision to extend the agreement was reached in Istanbul, the Turkish city where the Joint Coordination Center is located, and that “the United Nations and Turkey are still the guarantors of the agreement.” On the same day, the Russian side also confirmed that it agreed to extend the agreement on the export of agricultural products at the Black Sea port, and affirmed the commitment of the United Nations to remove obstacles to Russia’s grain and fertilizer exports. According to statistics, since the signing of the Black Sea Port Agricultural Products Export Agreement, 11.1 million tons of agricultural products have been shipped out of the Black Sea Port, including 4.5 million tons of corn and 3.2 million tons of wheat.
  In July 2022, Russia and Ukraine signed agreements with the United Nations and Turkey respectively, agreeing to establish a joint coordination center. Russia and Ukraine agreed that neither party would attack ships carrying agricultural products. The agreement was valid for 120 days and should expire on November 19. If no party objected, it would be automatically extended. However, at the end of October, Russia accused Ukraine of attacking Russian ships involved in ensuring the safety of the maritime food corridor, and once announced the suspension of participation in the implementation of the agreement on the export of agricultural products to Black Sea ports. After consultations, Russia agreed to resume the implementation of the agreement in early November.
Malaysia holds general election, first “hung parliament”

  On November 19, Malaysia held its 15th national general election, and the Election Commission announced the preliminary election results in the early hours of the 20th. How the new government will be formed remains unclear as none of the parties or coalitions taking part in the election won a majority in the lower house of parliament. This is the first time in Malaysian history that there is a “hanging parliament” with no majority.
  There are 222 seats in the lower house of the Malaysian parliament. Usually, a political party or a coalition of political parties that win more than half of the seats in the lower house can form a cabinet. In the early morning of the 20th, the Election Commission announced the election results for 219 seats, and there are still three seats that have not yet produced results due to various reasons.
Turkey launches cross-border air military operation

  On November 20, the Turkish Ministry of Defense issued a statement stating that it launched air military operations in Syria and northern Iraq in the early hours of the same day, with the purpose of attacking the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Syrian Kurdish armed “People’s Protection Units.” This operation is considered to be a retaliation by the Turkish side for the recent bombing in Istanbul.
  On November 13, an explosion occurred on Istiklal Street in the center of Istanbul, Turkey, killing at least six people and injuring 81 others. Turkish police have identified a suspect, and more than 40 other people involved in the case have also been arrested. The Turkish police said that the Syrian female suspect who planted the bomb admitted that she was trained as a special intelligence officer by the Syrian branch of the PKK and launched the attack after receiving an order to operate. But the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish armed “YPG” have denied any involvement.

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