World News in Brief: October 9

Wednesday, 2019-10-09 14:33:08
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Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said after a cabinet meeting Tuesday (October 8) that all cabinet ministers have approved the 3.2-trillion-baht (US$105.2 billion) draft budget for fiscal 2020. Prayut said the documents detailing the budget have been forwarded to Members of Parliament Tuesday.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on October 8, with both sides pledging to enhance cooperation between the two countries. Khan is in Beijing to attend the closing ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing and pay a working visit to China.

* The Republic of Korea (RoK) has pushed to establish a military hotline with Russia to exchange information on the flight of the air forces, local media reports said Tuesday citing RoK's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

* Kuwait and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to bolster cooperation on aviation security.

* Sri Lanka's Elections Commission on Tuesday said it had banned public parades, posters, banners and cut-outs in support of the presidential candidates who are contesting next month's presidential polls while the police warned of strict legal action against the violators.

* The Turkish forces on Tuesday evening shelled a position of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria without causing human losses, a well-informed Kurdish source told Xinhua.

* The European Union (EU) must take on the challenges of providing jobs and prosperity while combating climate change and managing migration, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President-elect Charles Michel told reporters at a joint press conference in Rome on Tuesday evening. The two leaders spoke ahead of a bilateral meeting at Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of Italy's prime minister.

* Turkish parliament on Tuesday extended a motion for the government's authority to launch cross-border military operations in Iraq and Syria for one more year. The motion had previously allowed the Turkish Armed Forces to carry out cross-border operations from Oct. 30, 2018, until Oct. 30, 2019.

* Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced on Tuesday that the Irish government has prepared over EUR1.2 billion (about US$1.3 billion) in its 2020 budget to deal with Brexit.

* China on Tuesday expressed the hope that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States will remain patient and meet each other halfway, and push forward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the political settlement process on a correct track.

* US senators from both parties on Tuesday demanded a senators-only briefing from the Trump administration over its decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

* The Ecuadorian government Tuesday said it has asked the United Nations to help restore social peace as demonstrations over a fuel price hike intensified.

* At least 30 suspected terrorists were killed on October 7 by Burkina Faso's armed forces in Gorgadji locality in the northern Sahelian region of the country, the national television RTB reported Tuesday.

* Iraqi government on Tuesday issued a second package of measures to be undertaken in response to massive angry protests that swept across Iraq in the past few days, promising projects, land distributions and job opportunities.

* Egypt, Greece and Cyprus on Tuesday slammed the military operation announced by Turkey to be launched soon in Syrian territories.

* Italy on Tuesday passed a constitutional reform bill reducing the number of seats in parliament, with the final approval provided by the lower house. Under the reform, the number of elected members of parliament would be overall cut from 945 to 600. More specifically, the lower house's seats would decrease from 630 to 400, and the senate would shrink from current 315 seats to 200.

* The World Bank has lent Morocco US$500 million to support the education sector.

Xinhua