World news in Brief: October 24

Lebanon's parliament failed on Monday to elect a president for the fourth time, with just a week left until outgoing President Michel Aoun's term ends and warnings of a constitutional crisis growing louder.
Indonesia has recorded a total of 169 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 10.85 billion USD) of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the third quarter of 2022.
Indonesia has recorded a total of 169 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 10.85 billion USD) of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the third quarter of 2022.

* French President Emmanuel Macron and new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloniheld talks in Rome on Sunday in the first, though informal, meeting between the two political leaders.

* Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain's next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race, admitting that he could no longer unite their party following one of the most turbulent periods in British political history.

* China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 3.9 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2022, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday.

* Euro zone borrowing costs fell on Monday on expectations that central banks might slow down the pace of their monetary tightening early next year.

* Several thousand protesters denouncing Moldova's pro-Western leaders marched through ex-Soviet state's capital for the sixth consecutive Sunday and set up a new tent camp days after police cleared a similar encampment.

* Jordan and North Macedonia on Sunday agreed to strengthen cooperation in various sectors.

* Iran has signed a contract with Russia to export 40 homegrown gas turbines to the country, Shana News Agency affiliated to the Iranian oil ministry reported Sunday.

* The European Union is aiming to clinch deals on three new laws to fight climate change in time for the annual United Nations climate negotiations next month, in a bid to boost its political clout at the talks.

* An Ethiopian government delegation has left for South Africa for peace talks with Tigray forces, Ethiopia's government communication service said on Monday.

* Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani said on Sunday that he is working to form a coalition government and has been interviewing candidates from different political blocs for ministerial positions.

* Slovenia is due to hold the second round of presidential election on Nov. 13 after no candidate got majority in the first round held on Sunday.

* The first Syrian refugees in Lebanon to return home under a new repatriation scheme will leave on Wednesday, but few in worn-down camps in the central Bekaa Valley said they would sign up.

* Security forces have killed 38 rebels and arrested 78 others in the recent cleanup operations in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province, provincial head of the information and culture department Qari Maazudin Ahmadi said Monday.

* A car bomb and shooting attack on a hotel in the Somali city of Kismayu killed nine people on Sunday before security forces ended the siege at the hotel and killed the attackers, a regional official said.

* Kenyan police said Sunday they have intensified security operations across Mandera town in the northeast region to pursue al-Shabab militants who raided two mosques and lectured those in attendance in a daring incident before leaving.

* The number of dengue fever cases has continued to rise in Pakistan amid an outbreak due to floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains.

* Hurricane Roslyn has made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast as it turns Category 3, although it is expected to weaken soon, the National Water Commission reported Sunday.

* Cameroon will start the fifth phase of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination next month, according to the country's Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie.

* The government of Ecuador on Sunday declared a yellow alert (moderate risk) in areas near the Cotopaxi volcano amid increasing seismic activity. The volcano, at 5,897 meters above sea level, is the second highest summit in the country.

* Tanzanian authorities have mobilized more than 600 firefighters to put out a fire on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, an official said on Sunday.