World News in Brief: October 11

Thursday, 2018-10-11 17:25:55
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Dushanbe on Thursday (October 11) for an annual meeting of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states and an official visit to Tajikistan.

* Cambodia is expected to attract 10 million international tourists in 2025 and up to 15 million in 2030, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said on Thursday.

* Republic of Korea (RoK)’s President Moon Jae-in vowed Thursday to keep a journey toward a lasting peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to the end.

* Cuban leaders on Wednesday (October 10) attended celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Cuban War of Independence, the first of three wars fought against Spanish colonialists.

* Hurricane Michael was downgraded to still life-threatening Category 3, hours after making landfall in US state Florida earlier on Wednesday with maximum-sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, just shy of a Category 5 storm and causing massive damage.

* US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration is contacting Dina Powell, his former senior advisor, on a possible replacement of outgoing Nikki Haley as new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, while not ruling out other people for the post.

* Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in The Hague on Wednesday ahead of the mid-October European Council meeting to discuss, among other subjects, the Brexit.

* Russia and Mongolia conduct anti-terrorist drills in Russia's eastern Siberia, the Russian Eastern Military District said in a statement on Thursday.

* A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea at 4:48 a.m. Thursday Beijing Time, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

* A 6.7-magnitude earthquake Thursday rocked the northern Kuril Islands, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) said in a statement.

* The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday forecast that US crude oil production will average 10.7 million barrels per day in 2018, up from 9.4 million barrels per day in 2017, and will average 11.8 million barrels per day in 2019.

* The Moroccan navy rescued 86 new migrants on Wednesday off the northern city of Larache, Morocco's army said.

* Greece, Cyprus and Egypt signed agreements for collaboration in education, business and small and medium sized enterprises, customs and border technology, as well as the promotion of investments during a trilateral summit hosted on Crete island on Wednesday, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

* The capsule of the Russian Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with one Russian cosmonaut and one US astronaut on board made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan Thursday after the carrier rocket malfunctioned shortly after lift-off, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said.

* Keiko Fujimori, head of Peru's opposition Popular Force party, was arrested Wednesday over charges of money laundering and accepting illegal campaign financing.

* The World Bank said on October 9 it plans to spend about US$59.4 million to support the education sector in Tanzania.

* Iran imported more than 83 tons of raw silk worth about US$3.44 million during the first five months (March 21-Aug. 22) of the current Iranian calendar year, Financial Tribune daily reported on Thursday.

* Brazil's agribusiness exports are expected to reach a record US$100 billion in 2018, the minister of Agriculture, Cattle-ranching and Supply, Blairo Maggi, said on Wednesday.