World News in Brief: October 21

Monday, 2019-10-21 14:48:13
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An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck roughly 54 km from the coast of Vanuatu around 2:00 p.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Monday (October 21), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter, with a depth of 226.08 km, was initially determined to be at 19.0408 degrees south latitude and 169.4528 degrees east longitude.

* Russia hopes its coordination with the United States and Turkey in Syria will help security and stability in the region, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, according to the RIA news agency.

* Russia and the United States must normalize the work of each other's diplomatic missions, and Moscow is ready to do that on the basis of the "zero option" plan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday (October 20).

* The Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels captured the city of Ras al-Ayn in the countryside of Hasakah Province in northeastern Syria on Sunday. The city is the latest Kurdish-held area that has been captured by the Turkish forces since the beginning of the Turkish assault in northern Syria 11 days ago, state news agency SANA said.

* Turkey and Russia will discuss the pullout of the Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Ain al-Arab during talks between Russian and Turkish leaders in the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, the broadcaster Kanal 7 reported Sunday.

* Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Sunday that he considers it sensible that Britain would be given an extension of time preceding the country's departure from the European Union (EU).

* Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani separately met with visiting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Kabul on Sunday, said Arg, the country's presidential palace on Monday. The two sides discussed for expanding relations between the two countries in various areas, especially in the security sector, and the peace process with the Taliban.

* Jordanian and Norwegian prime ministers on Sunday held talks to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

* Three soldiers were killed and three more injured Sunday when an armored vehicle crashed during training exercises at Fort Stewart in southeastern US state of Georgia, according to a USA Today report.

* Libyan navy on Sunday said it rescued 196 illegal immigrants in two separate operations off the country's western coast.

Xinhua, Reuters