World News in Brief: October 4

Thursday, 2018-10-04 11:03:56
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China reiterated Wednesday (October 3) that it is the United States that had proposed the postponement of the second round of their Diplomatic and Security Dialogue instead of the other way around.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 3 signed into law a bill on raising the retirement age following months of debates and concessions. The new legislation will gradually extend the retirement age to 65 from 60 for men and to 60 from 55 for women starting 2019.

* French President Emmanuel Macron on October 3 dismissed criticism of "political crisis" after accepting resignation of Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

* The Moroccan Royal Navy rescued 37 Moroccans suspected of illegal immigration off the northern city of Tangier, the Moroccan army announced in a statement on October 3.

* Yemeni security forces intensified security measures near several government institutions in the southern port city of Aden following calls from pro-secession southern leaders to stage a public uprising.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on October 3 night, starting a two-day visit to the country.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Washing ton on October 3 that he is optimistic that the upcoming talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will have better understandings and deeper progress.

* The US private sector added 230,000 jobs in September, suggesting that the labor market continued to grow at a healthy pace, according to data released by the ADP Research Institute on October 3.

* The Israeli Space Agency (ISA) announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with NASA to engage the American space agency in the first Israeli moon mission.

* A US aircraft on October 3 brought Marine forces to the battle against the last pocket of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

* Macedonia and Serbia will construct a joint railway station with common border customs and inspection services on the border crossing Tabanovce, a project worth €4.5 million (around US$ 5. 1 million), local media reported on October 3.

* The energy chief of the Arab League (AL) said on October 3 that the rate of access to electricity in the Arab world has exceeded 86 percent. The Arab Common Electricity Market project will enter the new phase next year, with annual economic revenues estimated at US$127 billion by 2038.

* The Moroccan energy minister said on October 3 that his country will invest more than US$40 billion in the energy sector by 2030.

* The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) revealed on October 3 that 22.4 million people in the Horn of Africa region need food aid.

* The World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and two international tourism organizations and issued a joint message Wednesday encouraging greater participation of tourism in global trade policy.

* The annual expenditure of Israeli government ministries jumped by 23 billion new shekels (about US$6.34 billion) in 2017, and by 50 percent since the beginning of the decade, according to financial reports released Wednesday by the State's Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance.

Xinhua