World News in Brief: October 3

Wednesday, 2018-10-03 20:30:53
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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists who have taken control of evolution and used the same principles to develop proteins that solve humankind's chemical problems, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday(October 3). The Academy has decided to divide the prize with one half given to Frances H. Arnold, "for the directed evolution of enzymes", and the other half jointly to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter, "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies".

* The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists working the field of laser physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced in Stockholm on October 2. Half of the award "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics" went to American Arthur Ashkin and the other half was awarded jointly to Frenchman Gerard Mourou and Canadian Donna Strickland.

* China's national observatory on Wednesday issued a blue alert for Typhoon Kong-rey, which is expected to unleash gales and downpours in eastern regions.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on October 2. According to the 19-member list announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the prime minister reappointed six current Cabinet members, picked 12 newcomers and one with ministerial experience for his Cabinet.

* Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday visited several places in Central Sulawesi province's capital of Palu to check the disaster-relief efforts after the earthquakes and an ensuing tsunami. * The death toll from Indonesia's multiple earthquakes and an ensuing tsunami jumped to 1,407 on Wednesday.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow wanted all foreign forces, including the Russian military, to eventually withdraw from Syria.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to China on October 8, Chinese State Television reported on October 3, citing a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, with the two countries embroiled in an escalating trade war. Pompeo will also travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Japan.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised Europe on Wednesday for taking a "big step" toward maintaining business with Iran after the unilateral US withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, saying the second referendum would be a "politicians' vote."

* More than 160,000 traffic police officers have been dispatched across China to ensure road safety and smooth traffic flow during the week-long National Day holiday, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday.

* Libyan authorities, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration, on Wednesday morning deported 96 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Pakistan voluntarily to their countries.

* Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday he was optimistic that Britain would agree an approach to the outstanding issues in negotiations with the European Union in time for details of a Brexit deal to be finalised in November.

* European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici welcomed on Wednesday Italy's plans to revise its public deficit cutting plans, but warned Rome was still at risk of breaking EU rules in 2019.

* The Space Forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces have detected and tracked over 40 launches of domestic and foreign space rockets and ballistic missiles since the beginning of 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry's Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper said on Wednesday.

Xinhua, Reuters