World News in Brief: October 19

Friday, 2018-10-19 20:21:22
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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the important role of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development (UEHRD) in conflict-hit Rakhine state for achieving sustainable peace and stability in the state, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday, October 19.

* China and Cambodia are ready to expand cooperation in areas including trade and investment, the two countries' leaders said Thursday. The message was sent from a meeting between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday (October 18) that his country is ready to further strengthen coordination and cooperation with China to safeguard and promote common interests and global peace and development.

* The United Nations Command said Friday that it has verified a mine clearance to disarm the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the border area between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, on October 27 for a summit with the presidents of France, Russia and Turkey on Syria issues, a government spokeswoman said Friday.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a summit on Syria with leaders of Turkey, Germany and France, the Kremlin said Friday.

* US President Donald Trump said on October 18 that it seems that the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and the United States will make a "very strong" statement about his case.

* Swedish companies and government agencies are intensifying preparations for how to deal with a British exit from the European Union (EU) after negotiations deadlocked at this week's EU summit.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in Brussels on October 18 that China stands ready to work with France to further expand two-way opening-up so as to promote the continuously balanced growth of investment and trade, and maintain a positive outlook for enterprises from both countries.

* The number of women in the Rwandan cabinet has reaches 50 percent following Thursday (October 18)'s cabinet reshuffle made by President Paul Kagame.

* Turkish foreign minister on October 19 said they have not shared any audio recording of Khashoggi case with anyone, amid reports that Ankara had given a recording related to the missing Saudi journalist to the United States.

* The Afghan government decided to postpone the parliamentary elections in the southern Kandahar province following the deadly terror attack that killed the provincial police chief, a government spokesman said Friday.

* The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the country has temporarily closed its major border points with Afghanistan on the request by the neighboring country for security of the parliamentary elections.

* Mikhail Bochkarev, a Russian citizen, who had been detained in Norway on suspicion of spying was released Friday after the police withdrew its appeal against his release, local media reported.

* The US Navy plans to purchase 245 combat ships and 56 support ships between now and 2048, according to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on October 18.

* Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani met with visiting Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on October 18 to discuss the means to boost bilateral trade.

* The Moroccan navy on October 18 rescued 54 Sub-Saharan African migrants at the Mediterranean Sea, the Moroccan army said.

* Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces will soon receive a regimental unit of S-400 Triumpf missile systems and three divisional units of Pantsir-S missile systems, local news reported Thursday.

* More than 10 million residents of California, USA, Thursday morning took part in the annual ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill. This year's drill was set at 10:18 a.m. local time, when millions of participants practiced to keep safe amid a major temblor.