World News in Brief: October 26

Friday, 2018-10-26 15:25:55
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Friday (October 26) to pull out 11 guard posts in border area on a trial basis by late November.

* Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Chinese military on October 25 expressed hope for the United States to meet China halfway and promote military-to-military ties as a stabilizer for bilateral relations.

* French President Emmanuel Macron told Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that France would take action against Riyadh if an investigation proves it was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

* Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan wrapped up a fruitful visit to Israel on October 25 with a reaffirmed commitment from both sides to further boosting bilateral innovation cooperation for mutual benefits.

* The leaders of Cuba and El Salvador on October 25 pledged to strengthen economic and trade cooperation between the two nations, and they highlighted the friendship ties uniting both countries.

* The Kremlin said Thursday ( October 25) it was "alarmed" by a report on possible manipulation of a drone attack against the Russian bases in Syria from a US warplane.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by phone on October 25 with Iraq's new foreign minister on bilateral ties, following the Iraqi parliament's approval of the war-torn country's new prime minister and part of his cabinet, said the US State Department.

* Visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on October 25 reiterated the importance of joint work and rapprochement between Egypt and Sudan.

* Western Balkans needs a clear European Union (EU) integration perspective, especially in the light of growing international risks and political instability of the region, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic said Thursday.

* Targeted support is needed as nearly 2.4 million people across Syria will struggle to get adequate warmth this winter, said the United Nations on October 25.

* French President Emmanuel Macron on October 25 discussed the situation in Syria and the summit on the Syrian conflict scheduled in Istanbul at the weekend, with his US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone conversation.

* Belgium will purchase 34 US-made F-35 fighter planes, a decision that was welcomed by Washington and will strengthen transatlantic defense ties, said the US State Department on October 25.

* Hungary will continue blocking Ukraine's NATO integration because of Kiev's bad treatment to Hungarian ethnic minorities on its territory, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said in Budapest in a statement on October 25.

* The Moroccan navy has rescued 59 sub-Saharan African migrants off the Mediterranean sea, the Moroccan army said on October 25.

* Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi, the son of killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has left Saudi Arabia and arrived in the United States on October 25, reported US media citing anonymous sources.

* The Australian government has announced new measures worth AUD7 billion (US$4.9 billion) to drought-proof the nation.

* At least 18 people died, dozens went missing and 34 were rescued by Thursday evening in flash floods in Jordan's hot springs area near the Dead Sea as the country witnessed heavy rain.