World News in Brief: October 12

Friday, 2018-10-12 16:14:57
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Japanese Prime Minister and President of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe met with Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Tokyo on October 11. The leaders of the two countries have confirmed the principles and direction of the development of bilateral relations during their recent meeting.

* The death toll from multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province rose to 2,073 on October 12 as the national disaster agency extended the search mission.

* The 10th China-the Republic of Korea Media High-Level Dialogue was held in Seoul on October 11, with participation of representatives from the mainstream media groups of the two countries as well as local experts.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on October 17 in Russia's Sochi, the Kremlin said Thursday.

* Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday called on Asian countries to support the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to help it uphold its operations.

* Greece and Germany share the same vision for the European Union Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Thursday, welcoming his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Athens.

* Mongolia and the Philippines have pledged to enhance bilateral cooperation in various sectors, especially in economy, trade, culture and education, the Mongolian Foreign Affairs Ministry said Friday.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on October 11 warned Hamas not to try Israel after the destruction of a Hamas tunnel.

* Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit and his Saudi counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayif bin Abdulaziz vowed Thursday to boost bilateral security cooperation.

* Germany has provided €2 million (US$2.33 million) to assist Libya's municipal elections through the UN electoral support project, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced on Thursday, October 11.

* The US Department of Defense said Thursday it is suspending all F-35 fighter jet operations after an F-35B jet crashed last month.

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mexico have exchanged a diplomatic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on visa exemption, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Thursday.

* The preliminary tests of the Russian modernized Mi-26T2V heavy military transport helicopter are expected to be completed by the end of the year, local news reported Friday.

* At least 16 people including six security personnel and 10 militants have been killed as clash erupted in Dasht-e-Archi district of the northern Kunduz province on October 12, district governor Nasrudin Nazari said.

* Ukraine plans to build 15 modern ammunition depots, which are protected against manmade incidents, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted on Thursday.

* More than 30 people were killed in eastern Uganda after heavy rains caused a landslide, reported local media on October 12.