World News in Brief: October 16

Tuesday, 2018-10-16 14:53:48
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Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) have announced on October 16 the country will suspend on-arrival-visas for travellers during the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting.

* The first day of the peace talks between the Myanmar government, the army and the 10 nationwide ceasefire accord (NCA)-signatory ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) worked on ways to attain basic principles in future 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference.

* China and Pakistan agreed on October 15 to build closer ties and facilitate the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

* The 14th Beijing-Tokyo Forum wrapped up Monday (October 15) in Tokyo, with experts, former officials and private sector representatives from China and Japan discussing key issues affecting bilateral relations in order to enhance ties.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met in The Hague on October 15 with Dutch King Willem-Alexander, urging the two countries to enhance cooperation in various areas and defend multilateralism and free trade.

* The Republic of Korea 's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it has been closely consulting with the United States on cooperation projects with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* US President Donald Trump on October 15 said that he will send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May said on October 15 that "real progress" has been made on the "vast majority" of issues between her country and the European Union (EU). May said she still believes a Brexit deal is "achievable" as she briefed the House of Commons on the latest development of the Brexit talks.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Tuesday for a European tour that will see him visit Spain, France and Belgium for a series of summit talks and to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Belgium.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on October 15 in Toronto that his country is to continue trade talks with China. Trudeau made the remarks at 2018 Fortune Global Forum, which kicked off on the same day.

* Yemen's internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi sacked on October 15 Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr over sharp economic crisis and currency depreciation, state-run Saba news agency reported.

* Migration policy, Brexit and the EU budget were among the themes of talks between Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis on October 15 in Warsaw, ahead of Thursday (October 18)'s EU summit in Brussels.

* A total of 34 Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire on October 15 evening during clashes on the border between the northwestern Gaza Strip and Israel, the Gaza health ministry said.

* A Turkish team entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 15 evening to conduct a search over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, live broadcast showed.

* China becomes the largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first half of the year, attracting an estimated US$70 billion in inflows, according to the latest investment trends monitor published on October 15 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). * Iran's Foreign Ministry on October 15 urged the United States to stop its "illegal" presence in Syria.

* Pakistan's Federal Minister of Finance Asad Umar said on late Monday that the government will focus on six sectors to increase revenue and cut down the ongoing fiscal deficit in an effort to give a fresh drive to the country's economy, local media reported.