World News in Brief: October 14

Monday, 2019-10-14 15:06:23
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Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Monday (October 14) that it would slightly reduce the rate of appreciation of the Singapore dollar's nominal effective exchange rate (S$NEER) policy band, leaving the width of the policy band and the level at which it is centred unchanged. This is the first time in over three years for Singapore's central bank to ease monetary policy, according to local media.

* French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday (October 13) called for the end of Turkish offensive in northeast Syria.

* US-led warplanes struck a convoy of the Syrian army near the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday with no reports on casualties, a war monitor reported.

* The Syrian army on Sunday started moving toward the northern region to "confront the Turkish aggression on Syrian soil," state TV reported.

* Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won Sunday's parliamentary election with 44.6% of votes, according to official results from 91% of constituencies published by the electoral committee on Monday.

* The United Arab Emirates is cooperating with Russia to buy Russian nuclear fuel, state-run news agency (WAM) quoted the UAE's Minister of Energy and Industry as saying on Monday.

* US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Sunday that the United States is planning to withdraw around 1,000 US troops from northern Syria, where Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces has been underway.

* Mongolia welcomed nearly 480,000 foreign tourists in the first nine months this year, up 10.7 percent year-on-year, official data showed Monday.

* The Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, said on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the Syrian government to confront the current Turkish assault.

* Tunisia's independent presidential candidate Kais Saied announced Sunday evening that he won the second round of presidential election. The victory of Saied was also confirmed by Emrod Consulting, another company specializing in opinion polls in Tunisia. The official results would be announced on Monday.

* Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called for ending the Yemeni war politically, official IRNA news agency reported.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday said that there are nearly 6,000 immigrants held in detention centers in Libya.

Xinhua, Reuters