World News in Brief: October 19

Saturday, 2019-10-19 09:53:26
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A total of five people were killed Friday (October 18) by Turkish airstrikes in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah despite a cease-fire agreement with Kurdish forces, state news agency SANA reported.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned Friday's attack inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, which resulted in scores of deaths, said his spokesman. He reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Afghanistan. As many as 62 people were killed and dozens were injured in the mosque attack during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that if the United States does not keep its promises after Turkey stops its military operation in northern Syria for 120 hours, Ankara will then continue its offensive.

* Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the latest regional developments in northern Syria with the Russian, Iraqi and Syrian foreign ministers, official IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

* Additional US tariffs on a wide range of goods from the European Union (EU) after World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on aircraft subsidies took effect on Friday, a move likely to fuel trade tensions between the two sides.

* French police had foiled a 9/11-inspired assault just before the Paris police headquarters attack which left four killed on October 3, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has revealed.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched an offensive Friday to win over more support ahead of a crucial vote on his Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Saturday. The House of Commons has passed a law requiring Johnson to seek an extension of Britain's membership of the EU if no deal is agreed by the end of Saturday.

* The European Union, China, India and several other countries teamed up on Friday to coordinate rules and standards for trillions of dollars of private and public "green" investment needed over decades to prevent irreversible climate change. The initiative, called the International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF), also involves Argentina, Chile, Canada, Kenya and Morocco - a group responsible for 44% of the world's GDP and the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions.

* The Russian Armed Forces received over 1,100 modern weapons in the third quarter of this year, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ministry said in a statement that the weapons included 16 warplanes and 35 helicopters, over 200 armored fighting vehicles, 21 radar stations of various modifications, a small missile ship, an anti-sabotage boat and a small hydrographic ship.

* The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned Friday that heavy rain is expected to hit over the weekend, as Japan continues to grapple in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis battering the country a week earlier and causing extensive flooding.

* Chilean officials shut down the metro system in Santiago on Friday after demonstrators protesting recent fare hikes took to the streets and attacked subway stops, leaving widespread damage across the capital city of nearly 6 million people.

* The Ukrainian parliament has approved the draft state budget for 2020 in the first reading, according to the information published on the parliament's website on Friday. It provides budget revenues in the amount of UKR1.079 trillion (US$43 billion) and expenditures of UKR1.17 trillion (US$47 billion).

*The east-based army of Libya on Friday stressed the importance of disarming militia in order to achieve political stability and end the country's crisis.

* Saudi Arabia warned on Friday its citizens from travelling to Lebanon. Lebanon has been witnessing protests over deteriorating economic situations and the announcement of new taxes.

* Acting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday said his government was working to ensure that laws were "upheld inside and outside" Spain's borders. Sanchez spoke in connection with the violent protests taking place in the Catalan region of Spain over the past four days.

* Albania has made utmost efforts for the start of accession talks with the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Friday, following the failure of EU leaders to reach consensus on the opening of accession negotiations with the country.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Friday, the prime minister's office reported. They discussed security matters in the Middle East, focusing on the tension between Turkey and Kurds in northeastern Syria and the Iranian issue.

* At least 19.7 million people have registered to vote in Tanzania's civic polls slated for Nov. 24, a senior official said on Friday.

* Unprecedented flooding caused by heavy rains has affected nearly 200,000 people in northeast South Sudan, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

* The Pakistani government has allocated a sum of PKR100 billion (about US$650 million) to uplift the young population of the country by providing them resources and opportunities under the flagship "Kamyab Naujawan" program, or successful youth in English, local media reported on Friday.

* At least six people were killed and 14 others injured as a dam collapsed in the Kuraginsky district of Russia's Krasnoyarsk region on October 19, local media reported.

Xinhua,Reuters