World News in Brief: October 14

Sunday, 2018-10-14 14:45:57
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A total of 22 people including children were killed and 15 others wounded as flash floods landslides struck West Sumatra and North Sumatra provinces of western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said on Saturday (October 13).

Chinese, Malaysian and Thai armed forces have scheduled a joint drill in Malaysia later this month, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. Code-named "Peace and Friendship 2018," the drill will last from October 20 to 29 in two states of Malaysia and offshore areas, said a ministry statement.

* The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) has placed 13 districts under red warning as Hurricane Leslie is moving towards the continental territory late on October 13.

* Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on October 13 slammed the nearly six-decade US economic blockade on the island, saying Washington's policy is "the main obstacle" for the country's development. Diaz-Canel added that the policy is "the main obstacle for the nation's development" and called for it to end.

* Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced Saturday that Iran will keep its military advisory presence in Syria as long as the Syrian government demands it, Press TV reported.

* The final round of Czech Senate elections ended on October 13 with 25 of the 81 upper house seats being contested. The new Senate will meet for its constituent session in mid-November.

* Former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim returned to the political center stage after winning a by-election to become a member of parliament (MP) on October 13.

* The Moroccan royal navy rescued Friday (October 12) 165 suspected illegal immigrants off the Mediterranean city of Nador, Morocco's army said Saturday.

* National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has announced to launch crude oil futures by October 22, with 1 million barrels of crude oil offered to potential private sectors' customers, Eghtesadonline news website reported on October 13.

* China will launch a new three-year renovation plan to address housing in rundown urban areas, with 5.8 million units to be constructed this year, according to this year's government work report.

* The Irish government witnessed a significant reshuffle on October 13 following the recent resignation of its former communications minister who was involved in a suspected deal with a government-funded project bidder.

* Peru's security forces seized some 500 kg of cocaine in Iquitos, capital of the northernmost Loreto Region, Peruvian Interior Minister Mauro Medina said on October 13.

* Bolivia's oil revenue this year is estimated to reach US$2.2 billion as it "will be able to fulfill" contracts with its southern American partners, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Luis Alberto Sanchez said Saturday.

* At least 10 people were killed in a collision between a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a truck in India's Chhattisgarh state on October 14, police said.

* As many as 21 people were killed in floods and heavy rains triggered by cyclone Titli in eastern Indian state of Odisha, officials said Saturday.

* The death toll has risen to 22, wheile 36 others wounded in a bomb blast on an election gathering organized by a female candidate, Nazifa Big Yusufi, in northern province of Takhar, Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said Sunday, October 14.