World news in Brief: November 1

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation on Monday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the latter's request, with the two sides exchanging views on the current and future China-US relations.
Indonesia posted an inflation of 5.71 percent year-on-year in October, lower than the previous month's 5.95 percent year-on-year, Statistics Indonesia or BPS said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Indonesia posted an inflation of 5.71 percent year-on-year in October, lower than the previous month's 5.95 percent year-on-year, Statistics Indonesia or BPS said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

* Azerbaijan and Armenia, with Russia as a mediator, agreed on Monday to actively prepare for the conclusion of a peace treaty in order to achieve long-term peace in the South Caucasus.

* The US embargo against Cuba continues to be the main obstacle to the development of the country, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca said on Monday.

* Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Tuesday conducted an aerial inspection over a southern province hit by landslides triggered by tropical storm Nalgae that killed 110 people.

* Republic of Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol called on Tuesday for safety measures to prevent crowd accidents, saying the Halloween crush that killed more than 150 people in the capital shows the importance of crowd management, his office said.

* The death toll from an Indian foot bridge collapse rose to 135 on Tuesday with search operations entering a third day, although authorities said nearly all those believed to have been missing are now accounted for.

* Argentine President Alberto Fernandez traveled to Brazil on Monday to meet President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and congratulate him on Sunday's election win, calling him a "partner to work with and dream big with."

* The Russian Defense Ministry announced Monday that as the main participant in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, Russia does not withdraw from it but suspends it.

* The United Nations looks forward to welcoming Russia back in the fulfilment of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which Moscow has halted following an attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet, UN relief chief said on Monday.

* On Monday, Ukraine's Infrastructure Ministry said on Facebook that Ukraine resumed the shipment of foodstuffs via its seaports under the Black Sea Grain Initiative as the United Nations and Türkiye agreed on the traffic of ships through the humanitarian corridor.

* Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Tuesday urged Hungary and Turkey to swiftly approve the Swedish and Finnish applications for membership of the NATO defence alliance. Hungary and Turkey are the only two remaining NATO members to not yet have ratified the applications.

* German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a phone call on Monday that Berlin would continue to provide Kyiv with political, financial, humanitarian and military support, according to a government statement.

* Israelis began voting for the fifth time in less than four years on Tuesday, with former premier Benjamin Netanyahu bidding for a comeback in a race likely to turn on a far-right party that has risen from the fringe to become a potential coalition kingmaker.

* King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands called for a European solution to the migration challenge at the start of his three-day official visit to Greece on Monday.

* The United Arab Emirates and the United States signed a strategic partnership agreement to invest $100 billion in clean energy projects with a production capacity of 100 gigawatts by 2035, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

* Iran and Russia have signed contracts worth around 6.5 billion USD for cooperation in the gas sector, semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday.

* India said it will allow cargoes of white and brown rice backed by letters of credit issued before Sept. 9 to be shipped overseas, a measure that provides some relief to exporters grappling with fresh government curbs.

* Accounting for a majority of global carbon emissions, cities play critical roles in building a sustainable world for all, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.

* A flare-up of fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has displaced thousands of people, with some fleeing into Uganda, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

* The World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Venezuelan government to deliver aid to victims of heavy rains and flooding in the country's northwest Trujillo state, the UN agency said on Monday.

* Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Monday called for stopping and destroying Israel's nuclear programs to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

* Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Bahrain's Minister of Commerce and Industry Zayed R. Alzayani on Monday discussed ways to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

* The United States on Monday said it condemns the resumption of fighting by the March 23 Movement (M23) group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying the hostilities have caused significant human suffering including deaths and injuries among civilians.

* The latest Consumer Price Index showed that price increases continue to surge in the United States, and that inflation even spread from goods into the services sector in September, CNN has reported.

* European shares opened higher on Tuesday, as blowout earnings from BP boosted oil stocks, while hopes that the US Federal Reserve would slow down the pace of its rate hikes next month also lifted the mood.

* Georgia's economy grew 8.8 percent in September and a record 10.2 percent in the first nine months of 2022 year on year, the country' national statistics office said on Monday.

* Italy's economic growth streak continued in the third quarter of this year, with the country registering 0.5 percent growth from the previous quarter, the government's main statistics entity reported Monday.

* Sweden's economy is heading for a "grim winter," the country's government said on Monday. The government expects Sweden's gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 0.4 percent next year, while inflation could be as high as 5.9 percent. The unemployment rate is also projected to increase.

* Brazil's financial market raised its inflation forecast for 2022 to 5.61 percent, after 17 straight weeks of lowering its projections, the Central Bank of Brazil said on Monday.

* Australia's central bank announced on Tuesday a back-to-back interest rate hike for seven months in a row, by 25 basis points to 2.85 percent in a bid to rein in the country's "too high" inflation.

* Bangladesh will need at least 12.5 billion USD, approximately 3 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), in the medium term for climate action, according to a World Bank report.

* Gas prices for German households surged 18 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the second half of 2021, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said on Monday.

* Individuals who are severely affected by COVID-19 may be at higher risk of post-infection symptoms, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Monday.

* Greece rescued nine migrants and was searching for dozens of others believed to be missing after their boat sank off the island of Evia early on Tuesday, the coast guard said.

* One person was killed and about 20 wounded on Halloween night in two separate shooting attacks in the US cities of Kansas City and Chicago, police said.