World News in Brief: October 6

Saturday, 2018-10-06 22:24:48
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Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. They were honoured for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

* Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen embarked on a two-nation tour to Japan and Indonesia on Saturday (October 6) morning, a senior official said.

* A Myanmar delegation led by chairman of the Joint Monitoring Committee at Union level (JMC-U) has arrived in Nepal to study about the Himalayan country's peace process, a foreign ministry press statement on October 5 said.

* Malaysian police said on Saturday that eight terror suspects had been arrested in recent operations for spreading extremist ideology in Malaysia.

* Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a standalone state visit to Tajikistan on Oct. 7-9, official sources said on Saturday. This will be Kovind's first visit to Central Asia since he took over the country's highest office last year.

* US first lady Melania Trump arrived in Cairo on Saturday and was received by her Egyptian counterpart Entissar al-Sisi, the Egyptian state TV reported. Cairo was her last stop in her five-day tour in Africa. Trump's trip is her first big solo international tour as US first lady that included Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

* A MiG-29 jet fighter crashed on October 5 during a test flight in the region of Russia's capital, local media reported.

* Tunisian President Beji Caid Essibsi decided to extend the state of emergency for one more month starting from Oct. 8, the presidency said on October 5.

* Ukraine and Georgia on October 5 signed an agreement on the liberalization of travel rules, allowing their citizens to enter each other's country using solely national identity cards (IDs), the Ukrainian government press service said.

* Death toll from multiple earthquakes and an ensuing tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province jumped to 1,649, spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Saturday.

* A joint United Nations and African Union delegation is due in South Sudan on October 7 to help shore up the revitalized peace deal which was inked in Ethiopia in September, the UN mission said on October 5.

* India's Election Commission on Saturday announced dates for forthcoming local elections in five states -- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana. The elections will be held between Nov. 12 and Dec. 7.

* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov discussed cooperation between their countries in the transport sector on October 5, the presidential press service said.

* Two of Austria's leading economic research institutes have slightly lowered their forecasts for the domestic economic growth in 2018, in new reports on October 5.

* Israeli Air Force attacked on October 5 two Hamas military targets in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to Palestinian riots near the border security fence.

* A total of 241 Islamic State (IS) militants and 126 fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed during the month-long battles in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on October 5.

* Brazilian President Michel Temer on October 5 called for tolerance and understanding in the upcoming general elections, and promised to maintain dialogue with the new government.

* Sudan and South Sudan on October 5 agreed to establish a buffer zone on their joint border, demarcate the Zero line and open border crossings before the end of 2018, Sudan's official SUNA news agency reported.

* At least one civilian was killed and five others injured following a bomb explosion on an election campaigner's vehicle in Afghanistan southern Khost province, an official said Friday.

* The shelling by Houthi rebels hit a camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen's Red Sea coastal city of Hodeidah on October 5, a military official told Xinhua.

* Six anti-drug agents were killed in an ambush on October 5 in Kapai town in Lanao del Sur province in the southern Philippines, local police said.

Xinhua, Reuters