World News in Brief: October 23, 2020

Friday, 2020-10-23 10:30:44
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The European Commission issued a EUR17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work.

* Norway and Britain have signed a temporary, limited agreement to help maintain the trade of goods in case there is no final Brexit trade deal in place by year’s end, the Norwegian Industry ministry said on October 21.

* The US Government has announced an additional US$11.1 million for new humanitarian demining and weapons stockpile management projects in Angola.

* Two-thirds of countries in the NATO military alliance are projected to fall short this year’s target to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defence by 2024 at the latest. Ten nations in the 30-member transatlantic grouping will hit the benchmarks compared with nine last year, but several European countries are still lagging far behind, according to a report published by the Brussels-based organisation on Wednesday.

* A young Syrian has been arrested over an attack on two German tourists, one of whom later died, earlier this month in the eastern German city of Dresden, which authorities stated on Wednesday appears to have been motivated by Islamic extremism.

* As G20 Chair in 2020, Saudi Arabia declared a special emphasis on the promotion of policies related to women.

* The National Electoral Office of Egypt (NEA) announced that Egyptian voters abroad have travelled to vote in the early stages of House elections.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that at least 15 migrants died in the Mediterranean after their ship capsized off the coast of Lebanon.

* On October 22, Indonesian authorities released a statement that at least 11 people were killed after a landslide occurred in a coal mine in South Sumatra, central Indonesia, a day earlier.

* Egypt announced that it has completed 12 new cooperation agreements with international oil companies, including those operating in Egypt for the first time.

* Russian security services thwarted a terrorist bomb attack in Moscow on October 23 and detained the man who was preparing to detonate a bomb at a government building, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said.