World News in Brief: October 5

Friday, 2018-10-05 09:56:56
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The death toll from multiple quakes and a tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province had risen to 1,424 while the search and rescue operation was hampered by poor access to the hardest-hit areas, an official said on Thursday (October 4).

* The Italian government on Thursday dismissed concerns that the European Commission would reject its plan to raise deficit spending next year and signalled that it would not backtrack, even under market pressure.

* The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions against a Turkish-based company, its top directors, and a diplomat of the Democratic People’s Repblic of Korea, accusing them of trading in weapons and luxury goods with Pyongyang in violation of international sanctions.

* Pakistan has ordered 18 international aid agencies to shut down operations and leave the country, the ActionAid charity said on Thursday, in what would be Islamabad's latest move against foreign-funded groups.

* Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador for consultations over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish sources said on Thursday.

* Brazil's Ministry of Public Safety on Thursday began security operations with more than 280,000 public safety officers in advance of Sunday (October 7)'s general election.

* The Dutch accusations on the alleged attempts of cyber attacks by Russian spies are another act of propaganda directed against Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his country would keep a military presence in Syria until an election is held there.

* The new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reinforces stability in Mexico's economy, the country's economics minister said Thursday.

* Morocco and Russia held on Thursday in Rabat the 7th session of the Joint Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Committee.

* Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Thursday that Iran will overcome US economic sanctions against the country.

* Ukraine and Hungary announced Thursday that they would expel each other's consuls as their passport dispute deepens.

* Bahrain has signed an agreement to receive US$10 billion of funding from three Gulf neighbors including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait, the official Bahrain News Agency reported Thursday.

* Insurgents had killed 90 people and left about 1,000 homeless since the attacks began a year ago in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, the Police General Commander of Mozambique said Thursday.

* Ukraine has imposed restrictions on building infrastructure facilities in urban green spaces -- parks, recreational zones, and forests, a senior government official announced on Thursday.

* Gulf states have deposited over US$1 billion in Jordan's central bank as part of a US$2.5 bln package to shore up the kingdom's struggling economy.

* Zimbabwe has started vaccinating people living in urban areas to contain the worst cholera outbreak to hit the country in a decade which has left 49 people dead and infected thousands more. Some 1.4 million will be vaccinated, starting with those in the most densely populated areas.

Xinhua, Reuters