BRUSSELS, Nov. 28 (BERNAMA-NNN-MERCOPRESS) --Brussels will seek to drive forward negotiations on a far-reaching trade deal with Mercosur this week despite warnings from France and other EU members that they are reaching the limit of the concessions they can tolerate on beef and other sensitive agricultural products, according to a report from the Financial Times.

HANOI, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- Following the devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey in Vietnam, the United Nations (UN) has approved an additional allocation of US$4.2 million to assist 150,000 local people in six affected provinces, Xinhua news agency reported.

JAKARTA, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- Transport authorities in Indonesia extended closure of the international Ngurah Rai airport on Tuesday as volcanic eruption on Bali resort island continued, Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- China is committed to strengthening its strategic partnership with ASEAN, Vice Premier Liu Yandong reaffirmed this during her meeting with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh.

NEW DELHI, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh jailed a herd of eight donkeys for four days after they ate up "expensive" plants just outside the compound of the main jail in the state's Jalaun district, over 200 km from capital Lucknow, Xinhua news agency reported.

SEOUL, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- A Seoul court decided Tuesday to proceed with the corruption trial of ousted former President Park Geun-hye without her presence as she refuses to appear in court for hearings, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSMA) in northern Mali on Nov 24 that caused the death of four people including three peacekeepers and several wounded.