World News in Brief: October 8

Monday, 2018-10-08 10:44:27
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States agreed Sunday (October 7) to hold further negotiation for the second DPRK-US summit at an early date.

* Brazil's Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said Sunday that elections ran smoothly in the country with few incidents reported. According to the TSE, 1,695 electronic voting machines had to be replaced for several reasons. The figures represent only 0.33 percent of the 454,493 installed all over Brazil.

* US State Department said in Washington on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday had briefed the Republic of Korea (RoK) on his just concluded travel to the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

*The DPRK leader Kim Jong-un is expected to visit Russia soon, RoK President Moon Jae-in said on October 8, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is also expected to travel to DPRK.

*Tropical Storm Michael battered parts of Mexico and Cuba with powerful winds and drenching rains on Sunday as it strengthened in the Caribbean on a path that could see it slam into the US Gulf Coast later this week with hurricane force, officials said.

* Temperatures are likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace and if the world fails to take rapid and unprecedented measures to stem the increase, a UN report said on October 8.

* Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that the remaining rebel-held areas in Syria will return under the government control, adding that the demilitarized zone deal in Idlib province is temporary.

* The Italian government has threatened to close its country's airports amid reports that Germany is preparing to deport groups of migrants to Italy, the German Press Agency (DPA) reported on Sunday.

* The export of Israeli goods to China surged 62.7 percent in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2017, according to Foreign Trade in Goods report published Sunday by the state's Bureau of Statistics.

* The Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Sunday officially called on the Palestinian Central Council to convene in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 26.

* The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on October 6 to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies.

* The newly-launched high-speed rail between the mainland and Hong Kong, China, has recorded about 880,000 passenger trips since put into use two weeks ago, the rail service operator MTR Corporation said on Sunday.

* At least four people were killed and over 10,000 affected as strong winds and heavy rains lashed out across Sri Lanka over the weekend, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said in its latest update on Monday.

* Polling in Cameroon's presidential election ended at 6:00 pm local time on Sunday with authorities expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the poll. About 6,600,000 people registered to vote in Sunday's election.

* The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a world body assessing the science related to climate change, urged "rapid and far-reaching" changes in all aspects of the entire world on October 8 to fight against global warming after adopting a special report on global warming.

* At least five Houthi rebels were killed and 15 others injured in armed confrontations with the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz on Sunday, state-run Saba news agency reported.

* Twenty people died in Saturday (October 6)'s crash involving a wedding limousine in Schoharie, a town about 160 miles ( or 257 km) north of New York City, USA, police said on October 7.

Xinhua, Reuters