World News in Brief: October 10

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the dissolution of the country's parliament on Monday, paving the way for national elections which must be held in the next 60 days.
Cambodia's foreign trade volume reached 41 billion USD in the first nine months of 2022, up 18 percent from 34.76 billion dollars in the same period last year, an official report showed on Monday.
Cambodia's foreign trade volume reached 41 billion USD in the first nine months of 2022, up 18 percent from 34.76 billion dollars in the same period last year, an official report showed on Monday.

* More than 2.6 million new deputies have been elected to people's congresses in townships and county-level regions in China, following the conclusion of elections that began in the first half of 2021.

* Cambodia exported 449,325 tons of milled rice to international markets in the first nine months of 2022, up 10 percent over the same period last year, the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) said in a statement on Monday.

* Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is due to visit Australia this month on a trip that will include the city of Perth, the capital of the mineral and energy export state of Western Australia, the Australian leader said on Monday.

* Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen was set to win a second term as he was projected to get over 50 percent of the votes at the presidential election on Sunday and thus avoid a run-off vote.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Saturday to strengthen measures for protecting transport crossing through the Kerch Strait, the power grid connecting Crimea and the main gas pipeline to the peninsula.

* Several explosions occurred in the Shevchenkivskyi district here in Ukraine's capital on Monday morning, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko told The Telegram. The explosions have resulted in casualties, according to the press service of the State Emergency Service in Kiev.

* The explosion on the Crimean Bridge was no doubt a terrorist act aimed at destroying Russia's critical civilian infrastructure, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. Confirming Putin's statement, Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said that citizens of Russia and foreign countries were also involved in the incident.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for the deployment of an international specialized armed force in Haiti to help address the humanitarian crisis, said his spokesman.

* Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus and Russia will deploy a joint military task force in response to what he called an aggravation of tension on the country's western borders, the state-run Belta news agency reported on Monday.

* Jordan on Sunday expressed regret that the truce in Yemen was not renewed, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

* The foreign direct investment (FDI) that flowed into the Philippines declined to 460 million USD in July, bringing the cumulative net inflows to 5.1 billion USD for the first seven months of 2022, the Philippine central bank said Monday.

* Russia's Aeroflot airline resumed commercial operations to Sri Lanka on Monday. The first Aeroflot flight since June 2022 landed at Bandaranaike International Airport Monday morning with Russian tourists.

* Foreign visitors to Iran should respect the Islamic Republic's laws, its foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday amid continued protests over a woman's death in police custody that Tehran has blamed on "foreign enemies".

* Germany's expert commission, charged with drawing up plans to ease the impact of high gas prices on consumers, delivered on Monday its policy proposals to Chancellor Olaf Scholz whose government faces pressure to curb inflation.

* Russia launched its Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the GLONASS-K navigation system on Monday from a northern cosmodrome, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the defence ministry.

* The Portuguese government will inject 3 billion euros (2.92 billion USD) into electricity and gas systems to contain inflation in energy prices, according to the "Social Concertation" agreement signed on Sunday with social entities.

* The strikes that have hit French oil refineries and storage sites will continue on Monday, CGT trade union representativesat TotalEnergies TTEF.Pa and ExxonMobil's XOM.N Esso France told Reuters on Monday.

* Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said there is scope to slow the economy based on an "exceptionally high number" of job vacancies in the labor market.

* The death toll from a boat accident in Nigeria's southeastern state of Anambra has risen to 76, the president said on Sunday. In a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said that emergency authorities had confirmed the higher death toll.

* Incessant rain lashed parts of northern India on Monday forcing schools to close in several cities as an unusually late rainy season prolonged havoc across the country, and killed 18 people over the past 24 hours.

* Heavy rains eased across Australia's east on Monday, a slight relief for flood-weary residents but authorities warned another intense weather system could hit several inland regions bringing more downpours and triggering flash flooding.

* At least 25 people died and 52 were missing after five small rivers in central Venezuela flooded due to heavy rains, Citizen Security Vice President Remigio Ceballos said Sunday evening in a televised address.

* Tropical storm Julia emerged over the Eastern Pacific on Sunday evening after pummelling Nicaragua with rain and winds that damaged hundreds of homes but left no reported casualties in that country, according to government officials.