World News in Brief: October 27

Saturday, 2018-10-27 16:29:23
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China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday(October 26) concluded a two-day maritime exercise off the coast of south China's Guangdong Province.

* President Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing Friday, calling on both sides to cherish the good momentum in bilateral ties.

* Cuba is set to use the celebrations of Havana's 500th anniversary to relaunch the capital city as a renewed world tourist destination, said Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero on Friday.

* India and Myanmar have agreed to act against insurgent groups operating on their soil during a two-day delegation-level meeting in Delhi that concluded Friday, October 26.

* The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter this year, down from 4.2 percent in the previous quarter, the US Commerce Department reported on Friday.

* People in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar on October 27 started voting for their favorite candidates for parliament, after a week-long delay in the process. About 2,500 candidates contested in the elections to earn seats in the 249 Lower House of parliament.

* UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday (October 26) that Damascus does not recognize the world body's role in forming a constitutional committee tasked to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.

* Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed discussed strategic priorities with visiting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday, to provide new economic climate for investments in Tunisia. The two sided discussed the strategic priorities within the framework of road map 2018-2020, according to Chahed.

* Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji said on Friday the government will "not tolerate" any post-electoral disorder in the country.

* If the European Union (EU) is expected to progress, consensus among all member countries is needed, while all must have in mind that there's no division into old and new members, as they've all contributed to Europe's "reunion", French President Emmanuel Macron said in Bratislava on Friday. Macron made the remarks at a press conference after talks with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska.

* US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday that package bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, of Florida, is in the custody of the FBI and has been charged with five federal crimes.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on October 26 discussed arrangements of the upcoming Palermo conference on Libya, according to the Libyan Prime Minister's information office.

* The comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the European Union has yielded significant fruits, said Chinese envoy to the EU on Friday, urging both sides to identify opportunities, seize them and make the best of them for a better future of China-EU relations.

* Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was sworn in as the new prime minister at the Presidential Secretariat in capital Colombo on Friday evening, an official from the government said.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Friday agreed on the necessity to cooperate with African countries in curbing migration to Europe.

* The South Sudan government on Friday moved peace-day celebrations, originally scheduled for October 30, to October 31, citing technical reasons.

* Russia's Northern Fleet will receive its first Tor-M2DT air defense missile systems in November, local media reported Friday.

* Belarus is ready to help resolve the conflict in Ukraine's east if there is the consent of interested parties. The conflict in Ukraine has to be resolved by the three Slavonic nations (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the First Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine in Gomel on October 26.

* Croatian police announced on Friday that they had intercepted 113 illegal migrants hidden in a truck near Senj on the upper Adriatic coast Thursday (October 25).

* Israeli war aircraft carried out on Friday night airstrikes on military facilities that belong to militant groups in the Gaza Strip with no injuries reported, according to security sources in Gaza.

* The Consulate General of China in Los Angeles confirmed on Friday there were about 1,500 Chinese tourists trapped in Saipan by Super Typhoon Yutu, which hit the Northern Mariana Islands and caused extensive infrastructure damages.

* At least eight people were killed and six others injured on Friday evening in a blast inside a fireworks factory in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

* Ukraine has issued Eurobonds in two tranches worth US$2 billion, local media reported on Friday. According to Interfax-Ukraine news agency, US$750 million of the bonds were placed for five years, and US$1.25 billion were placed for 10 years.

* Singapore's Ministry of Manpower announced on Friday that the country's seasonally adjusted overall unemployment rate grew to 2.1 percent in September, comparing to 2 percent in June.

* At least six people have been confirmed dead and 12 others injured as a suicide car bomb shocked Maidan Shar, the capital of eastern Wardak province 35 km west of Kabul on October 27, provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Mangal said.