World News in Brief: October 13

Saturday, 2018-10-13 11:46:11
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* The Asian Development Bank (ADB) pledged up to US$1 billion of emergency assistance fund to support Indonesia's immediate budgetary needs and reconstruction efforts in areas affected by earthquakes and tsunami in Central Sulawesi province.

* China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political reconciliation in Afghanistan and help with the country's peaceful reconstruction, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the meeting on October 12 with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the 17th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Government in Tajik capital Dushanbe.

* 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 (October 12).

* Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on October 12 spoke over the phone following the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

* Portuguese Defense Minister Azeredo Lopes resigned from the government on October 12, Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported.

* The US state of Virginia said Friday that five people have been killed by Hurricane Michael, bringing the death toll to 11.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang proposed Friday to enhance multilateral trade cooperation, thereby further tapping on the potentials of common development among the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries.

* Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused the European Union (EU) on working with full steam on programs aimed at the settlement of migrants to Europe, in an interview with the national radio MR1 in Budapest on October 12.

* US top aircraft manufacturer Boeing Company Friday delivered the first 737 MAX 8 airplane to Indian budget airline SpiceJet to expand the fast-growing commercial market in the country.

* US top social media network Facebook admitted Friday that the accounts of 29 million users have been illegally accessed by attackers in the latest cyber attack it announced last month.

* NATO requires Norway buy two new purpose-built transport aircraft that will supply F-35 fighter jets with fuel while they are in the air, Norwegian media reported Friday.

* Militancy and counter-militancy have left 39 people dead, mostly the armed opposition fighters, in the conflict-riddled Afghanistan over the past two days, officials said Friday.

* The construction of the 250 m-tall Bank of Africa Tower in Morocco, set to become Africa's tallest skyscraper, will start on November 1, local media reported on October 12.

*A petrol pipeline explosion in early hours of Friday had killed at least 19 people in two villages of Osisioma local government area of Abia state in southern Nigeria, a para military body said.

* A 21-year-old Palestinian died late Friday from the wounds sustained from Israeli gunshots, bringing to seven the death toll of Palestinians killed during violent clashes near the Israel-Gaza borders.

* The Islamic State (IS) has kidnapped as many as 130 families in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, a war monitor reported late on October 12.

Xinhua