World News in Brief: October 10

Wednesday, 2018-10-10 12:13:59
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Disaster agency has put the figure of casualties in Indonesia's multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami on September 28 to 2,010 people with over 5,000 others missing, an official of the agency disclosed on Tuesday (October 9).

* The Communist Party of China (CPC) will launch a new round of disciplinary inspections to specifically target poor implementation of poverty-alleviation policies.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Angolan President Joao Lourenco in Beijing Tuesday, agreeing to continue developing bilateral ties.

* US President Donald Trump said on October 9 that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will be held after the mid-term Congressional elections in early November.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Tajikistan city of Dushanbe, pay official visits to Tajikistan and the Netherlands, attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Brussels and pay a working visit to Belgium, from October 11 to 19.

* US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was going to name a new US ambassador to the United Nations within two or three weeks following Nikki Haley's resignation.

* Jordan and Lebanon on Tuesday underlined the need for continued support to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

* Turkey and the United States have started training for joint patrols in northwestern Manbij region of Syria, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.

* Israeli military system Trophy will be sold to the US army in a US$500 million deal, local business website Calcalist reported on Tuesday.

* Hurricane Michael on Tuesday afternoon intensified to Category 3 as it roared toward Florida Panhandle in southeastern United States, according to the National Hurricane Center. Also on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida.

* Senior officials from the United Nations and African Union said Tuesday there is a decrease in levels of violence in South Sudan compared to last year following the signing of the peace deal in late August by the warring parties.

* Morocco has sent three aircraft carrying 1.8 tons of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, official MAP news agency reported Tuesday. The humanitarian aid will be sent into Gaza by land through the Rafah border with Egypt, the report said.

* The Australian government has rejected calls from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to phase out coal-fired power by 2050.

* Greek authorities have pointed the finger of blame for the surge of migrant flows through Evros river on the land border with Turkey this year to the neighboring country, Greek media reported on Tuesday. Over 11,000 migrants have crossed into Greece through Evros so far in 2018, compared with 5,500 in 2017 and 3,000 in 2016.

* Norway said on October 8 it has proposed to increase the defence budget for 2019 by 4 billion kroner (US$483 million), or 7.3 percent, to strengthen the Armed Forces.

* At least five people died and 30 were injured on October 10 when a passenger train derailed in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, media reported.

* Nine deaths had been reported so far while 17 people had been injured and one reported missing due to the heavy rains lashing out across Sri Lanka since last weekend. Over 70,000 people have been affected while over 15,000 have fled their homes as strong winds and rains continued, DMC said.