The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued on Friday its fighting against the epidemics in various areas of Yemen.
In the Red Sea coast areas, particularly in the cities of Hodeidah and Mocha, several mobile clinics were deployed by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).
Medical sources told Xinhua that the UAE's medical efforts which are being conducted through the ERC have managed to provide health care for more than 4,200 patients in Mocha and other remote areas of the Red Sea coast.
An official of Yemen's health ministry praised the UAE's humanitarian efforts and urged all local authorities to cooperate with the ERC.
The UAE is an active member of the Saudi-led Arab military coalition that has been fighting the Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015.
The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces including the capital Sanaa.
The prolonged military conflict has aggravated the suffering of Yemenis and deepened the world's worst humanitarian crisis in the impoverished country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had delivered essential medical supplies to Libya.
"Last week, WHO delivered an urgent shipment of essential medical supplies to the National Centre for Disease Control in Tripoli to support the health care services at the center," WHO said in a statement.
"The shipment included scorpion antivenom, medicines to treat HIV, leishmaniasis and TB, and anti-fungal and antibacterial medicines," the statement added.
On Nov. 26, the WHO announced the delivery of more than 4,000 ampoules of anti-Leishmania medicines which are enough to treat referred patients until the end of 2019.
The armed conflict in and around Libya's capital Tripoli between the UN-backed government and the east-based army has badly affected the public healthcare services in the country.
The WHO said in a report in September that health care is the "biggest need in Libya with many people lacking sustained access to primary and secondary health services including management of chronic and infectious diseases and obstetric complications."
Libyan authorities have been struggling to provide proper healthcare services amid the armed conflict, forcing patients to spend huge amounts of money on live-saving medicines.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government expressed on Friday deep regret over the spreading of untrue claims overseas in recent days by some Hong Kong political figures who urged foreign governments or legislatures to interfere with the affairs of the HKSAR.
"Some politicians in Hong Kong openly supported the United States' 'Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act', and suggested similar legislation in other countries or regions with the intent to demand foreign intervention in Hong Kong affairs. This only conveys the wrong message to violent protesters and misleads them into thinking they have gained the support from other countries or regions. These politicians must bear the responsibility for society descending into chaos," the HKSAR government said in a statement released on Friday night.
From June this year until now, there have been over 900 demonstrations, processions and public meetings held in Hong Kong. "Some political figures freely took part in these assemblies and processions and conducted media interviews without any restrictions. Ironically, they are also the ones who incessantly criticize the HKSAR government for suppressing freedom," said the statement.
"We urge these Hong Kong politicians, who wantonly smear our city's reputation, to treasure Hong Kong's freedom. The entire society should say no to violence and persuade protesters to express their views in a peaceful manner, to prevent peaceful protests from mutating to violent confrontations, and to stop depriving people with different opinions the freedom to live a normal life, to voice their discontent against violence and to take photos of rioters' destructive acts," it said.
"These irresponsible politicians, who make prejudicial and false statements about the conditions of human rights and freedom in Hong Kong, mislead people into thinking human rights and freedoms are being suppressed in the city. If such comments tarnish the international reputation of Hong Kong, they would also take a toll on investor confidence, exert more pressure on Hong Kong's economy, and ultimately make society and the general public suffer," it added.
Stressing that "one country, two systems" is the best arrangement to maintain Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability and to make Hong Kong a favorable place in which to live and work, the HKSAR government said it will resolutely continue to implement the "one country, two systems" principle, and urged the relevant political figures to "stop all acts showing contempt towards 'one country, two systems' which disregard the interests of the country and Hong Kong."
Malaysia-based RHB Bank has decided to close its business operations in Hong Kong due to an increasingly challenging environment.
RHB Hong Kong, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RHB Investment Bank, an affiliate of the Malaysian financial conglomerate, said Friday that it will cease business operations in Hong Kong, as well as those of its subsidiaries, in a statement.
"The increasingly challenging operating broking environment in Hong Kong has resulted in losses being recorded for the RHB Hong Kong Group," the statement said. "As a result, it is no longer viable for RHB Hong Kong Group to continue its business operations."
The company said the proposed cessation is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2020.
Given an economy plagued by sluggish global trade and ongoing local unrest, small and medium-sized brokerage companies operating in Hong Kong have met increasing difficulties. It is reported that more brokers have closed this year than 2018.
Hong Kong's economy dropped 2.9 percent in the third quarter, the first year-on-year negative growth since the global financial crisis in 2009.
Russia welcomes mutually beneficial cooperation with German companies, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top German executives on Friday.
"We value the pragmatism of German businesses and their willingness to work together, and we strive to develop bilateral ties to meet the long-term interests of both countries," Putin said during the annual event at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Putin said that German investment in Russia has exceeded 20 billion U.S. dollars, while Russian investment in Germany has reached almost 10 billion dollars.
Around 5,000 companies with German capital are working in Russia, with their total turnover amounting to 50 billion dollars, he said, adding that bilateral trade grew 20 percent in 2018 to reach 60 billion dollars.
Russia provides more than a third of Germany's energy demand, including 33 percent of the country's oil demand and 35 percent of its natural gas, Putin said.
A new gas pipeline, the Nord Stream-2, is now nearly completed and will double the volume of deliveries of Russian gas via the Baltic route, which will make an additional contribution to meeting the energy demand of Germany and other European countries, strengthening the energy security of the European continent, he said.
Russia, together with German partners, built the 1,224-km-long Nord Stream-1 subsea gas pipeline, which has delivered 55 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe every year since 2011.