World News in Brief: September 24

Tuesday, 2019-09-24 13:30:53
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The death toll from the violent protest in Indonesia's eastern Papua province a day earlier rose to 24 on Tuesday (September 24) with 72 others injured, military spokesman in the province Colonel Eko Daryanto said. Papua and West Papua provinces were stricken by protests which turned to deadly violence in August.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (September 23) met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East and Gulf Region at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Abdul Mahdi is paying an official visit to China from September 19 to 23 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

* The Republic of Korea and the United States would launch talks this week to share the upkeep cost for the US Forces Korea (USFK), Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.

* Two elderly patients were confirmed dead and 47 others injured in a nursing hospital fire in the Republic of Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday citing the fire authorities.

* The Japan Meteorological Agency said on Monday that Typhoon Tapah, which left dozens of people injured in southern and southwestern Japan, had weakened to an extratropical cyclone in the Sea of Japan.

* Work on the unmanned sixth-generation fighter is underway in Russia, Sergei Khokhlov, director general of the Russian State Research Institute of Aviation Systems, said in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency published Monday.

*US President Donald Trump said in Neww York on Monday that he has no plan to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

* Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades pledged on Monday to further bilateral ties.

* A migrant rescue ship with 182 people on board was expected to disembark in Italy's Sicily between Monday night and early Tuesday, as the country's new interior minister announced a preliminary deal on immigration policy was agreed with some key European partners.

* Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem announced on Monday the launching of the Syrian constitutional committee. Al-Moallem said it comes after 18 months of talks.

* Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday criticized British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his claims that Iran was involved in recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities.

* Israel's two main victors of the country's closely-fought elections met on Monday night in a meeting brokered by the president in a bid to overcome a post-election political stalemate.

* The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh police raided a militant hideout on the outskirts of capital Dhaka early on Monday. At least three suspected extremists, who are members of neo-JMB, a banned militant outfit, were detained in this connection.

* A total of two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on Monday flew over Syrian airspace as part of an anti-Islamic State (IS) campaign, a written statement from the Defense Ministry said.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed regional developments and Syrian issue in a phone call with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday, Turkish Daily News reported on Monday.

* Nine Taliban militants were killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province Monday, a local source said Tuesday. The militant group has not made comments on the report so far.

* Libya's eastern-based army on Monday said it launched airstrikes in south of the capital Tripoli on Sunday night and killed 20 of the rival UN-backed government's forces.