World News in Brief: October 28

Sunday, 2018-10-28 15:57:45
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China will officially provide services for the quick reporting of earthquake seismic intensity and provide early warning information to high-speed rail networks nationwide by 2021, according to the China Earthquake Administration (CEA).

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed to intensify joint efforts to advance the political process in Syria in a phone conversation, the Kremlin said Saturday (October 27). The two leaders believe that these efforts should include the formation of a constitutional committee in Syria.

* US President Donald Trump had turned down India's invitation to be the chief guest at next year's Republic Day parade, local television news channel News18 reported on October 28.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 27 said the four-way summit ended with a call for a full-scale cease-fire to halt the bloodshed in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron joined the summit hosted by Erdogan to discuss the ways for a long lasting political solution for Syria.

* Iranian parliament on October 27 approved all four ministers proposed by President Hassan Rouhani to reshuffle his cabinet.

* Michael D. Higgins has been re-elected as the president of Ireland in the country's 2018 presidential election, announced Barry Ryan, Returning Officer of Presidential Election and Referendum Office in Dublin on Saturday night.

* The 12th Milipol Qatar 2018, an international security exhibition, will be held Monday (October 29) in Doha amid the ongoing siege imposed by Gulf neighbors, state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on October 27. Over 200 local and international companies will participate in the expo.

* At least 11 people were killed and six others injured after a gunman opened fire Saturday morning inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh, US state of Pennsylvania, a city official said.

* Rallies were held in Norway on October 27 to protest against NATO's biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War in the Nordic country.

* The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday denied that its diplomats are currently holding talks with the United States on the existing issues between Tehran and Washington.

* Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on October 27 suspended parliament until next month amid a political crisis which erupted after he sacked his prime minister. The Presidential Secretariat said Sirisena had instructed to prorogue parliament until November 16 and a gazette notification had been issued.

* Georgia kicked off its fifth presidential election on October 28 to pick the state head for the next six years. More than 22,000 domestic observers and over 1,100 international observers from 58 international organizations will oversee the election. The final result of the voting will be officially announced the following day.

* At least 70 fighters with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed and 100 others wounded over the past 24 hours as a result of a counter-offensive by the extremist Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported Saturday.

Xinhua