World News in Brief: October 29

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres supports the renewal and full implementation of the agreements to facilitating the export of food and fertilizers from Ukraine and Russia, said his spokesman on Friday.
Canada has confirmed 1,435 cases of monkeypox, including 42 hospitalisations, the Public Health Agency of Canada said on Friday.
Canada has confirmed 1,435 cases of monkeypox, including 42 hospitalisations, the Public Health Agency of Canada said on Friday.

* Brazil's security forces are ready to safeguard Sunday's presidential runoff and guarantee the people's right to vote, Justice and Public Security Minister Anderson Torres said Friday.

* Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns on Friday.

* US firm Westinghouse Electric Co will build Poland's first nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday, confirming a long-awaited decision aiming to reduce the country's carbon emissions and phase out coal.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said there needed to be a clear plan of action before any mission to help Haiti goes forward, a day after his government sent a delegation there to assess the humanitarian and security crisis.

* US President Joe Biden will travel to Egypt to participate in the COP27 United Nations climate change summit on Nov. 11, where he will call on the world to act "in this decisive decade", the White House said on Friday.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a trilateral summit on Monday with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the wake of major clashes between the two ex-Soviet neighbours, Tass said on Friday.

* Russia's defence ministry on Saturday said that British navy personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, directly accusing a leading NATO member of sabotaging critical Russian infrastructure.

* Outgoing Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Saturday signed an amended banking secrecy bill into law, taking a step towards reforms outlined in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid package a day before he is set to leave office.

* Health ministers of the Group of 20 (G20) members launched a "Call to Action on Financing for Tuberculosis Response" to tackle the second leading cause of death from infectious diseases after COVID-19.

* Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence on Friday declared a general amnesty for absentees from the armed forces. This would enable deserters to receive a legal discharge from their respective services, the ministry said in a statement.

* Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday allayed the fears of citizens and warned against "unnecessary" panic over the current security situation in the country, saying security agencies were working around the clock to keep harm at bay.

* US private space company SpaceX has successfully launched 53 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit.

* A joint investigation is underway after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband was attacked during a home break-in early Friday morning.

* European Union (EU) pledged to allocate 165 million euros (165 million US dollars) to aid Serbia amid the ongoing energy crisis, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said in NIS, Serbia, on Friday.

* India, the world's biggest sugar producer, has extended restrictions for sugar export by one year through October 2023, the government said in a notification late on Friday.

* The Cambodian government on Friday approved a draft budget of about 9.64 billion USD for 2023, up 13 percent compared to that in 2022.

* Latin American banks are ready for regional economic slowdown in 2023, Fitch Ratings said Friday.

* The economies of the East African region are expected to grow by 4 percent in 2022, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Friday.

* US consumer sentiment ticked upward somewhat in October, although inflation continued to strangle the incomes of many American households.

* Chile's economic output is likely to shrink 1.3% in 2023, before returning to an estimated potential annual growth rate of 2.5% over the medium term, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a statement on Friday.

* Prices in Italy jumped by 11.9 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago, the highest in nearly four decades, according to provisional data released by the National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) on Friday.

* Prices in Spain are continuing their downward trajectory, with the rate of inflation falling to 7.3 percent in October from 8.9 percent in September, according to the preliminary data published by the Spanish Statistical Office (INE) on Friday.

* The Pakistani rupee continued its downward trajectory for the third consecutive session as the US dollar was traded at 222.47 rupees in the interbank market on Friday, according to the State Bank of Pakistan.

* Canada's real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.1 percent in September and 0.4 percent for the third quarter, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

* State-run Tanzania Meat Board (TMB) on Friday announced measures aimed at increasing exports of meat to 16,000 tons annually by 2026.

* The Philippines has recorded 72 deaths from Tropical Storm Nalgae that caused floods in southern provinces, the country's disaster agency said on Saturday.

* The recent devastating floods in Pakistan have inflicted damage and losses of over 30 billion USD to the South Asian country, the Ministry for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives said in a report on Friday.

* At least 30 people were injured Saturday after a fire broke out inside a residential building in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, officials said.

VNA, Reuters, Xinhua