World News in Brief: October 15

Monday, 2018-10-15 15:54:54
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Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday (October 15) called for joint efforts to overcome difficulties and challenges in implementing the nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA) between the government and the NCA-signatory ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) through discussion and negotiation.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Amsterdam on October 14 for an official visit to the Netherlands, the first by a Chinese premier in 14 years. It is also Li's first trip to the European country as the Chinese premier.

* The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in late November or early December to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border.

* Former Malaysian deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of parliament on October 15 after winning a by-election over the weekend.

* The Italian cabinet was due to meet on october 15 to approve a 2019 budget which envisages a jump in the deficit that has upset financial markets and drawn criticism from the European Commission and other international bodies.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to develop the country's agricultural sector and rural areas in a speech published by the Kremlin on October 14, the Day of Workers of the Agricultural and Processing Industry.

* Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has reshuffled his cabinet after Defense Minister Jose Azeredo Lopes' resignation and government's approval of state budget.

* The border crossing between Jordan and Syria officially opened to civilians and trade on october 15 after being closed for three years.

* Two-way investment between China and Germany has amounted to more than US$40 billion, according to an official with China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

* The Israeli government approved on October 14 22 million new shekels (about US$6.07 million) to build a new Jewish neighborhood in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. The new construction will be carried out at the site of a former Israeli military base near a main road in Hebron.

* The United Nations and African Union missions in Somalia on October 14 condemned the twin explosions in the southern town of Baidoa that killed at least 22 people and wounded over 30 others on October 13 evening.

* A small plane crashed into a crowd while attempting to land on the mountain of Wasserkuppe in the central German state of Hesse on October 14, killing three people and injuring five others, local media reported.

* Rescuers have saved scors of persons while workers remained striving to reopen blocked-roads isolating several spots after flash floods and landslides struck off the provinces of North Sumatra and West Sumatra, Indonesia, which left 22 people dead, officials said on October 14.

Xinhua, Reuters