World News in Brief: October 31

Wednesday, 2018-10-31 13:59:15
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Visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in Havana on October 30 that Russia is committed to long-term cooperation in Cuba's development plans, according to a release from the island's government.

* Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova on Tuesday co-chaired the 19th session of the China-Russia Committee on Humanities Cooperation in Beijing, calling on the two sides to strengthen people-to-people exchanges.

* Tens of thousands of people gathered in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on October 30 to urge President Maithripala Sirisena to convene parliament.

* US President Donald Trump plans to remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States, according to an interview excerpt released Tuesday (October 30).

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced on October 30 that she wants to create new incentives to boost German private investment in Africa.

* NATO said Tuesday the alliance will not change its plans for its biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War in Norway after Russia announced to test missiles later this week in nearby international waters.

* The Pentagon will deploy 5,200 active duty troops to the US-Mexico border this week in a bid to deter members of a migrant caravan from illegally entering the country, an official announced on October 29.

* Cuba's special development zone of Mariel (ZEDM) has attracted record high foreign investment in 2018, drawing over US$470 million in new business ventures.

* Denmark is recalling its ambassador to Iran and will call for EU-wide sanctions against the country following a suspected attempt by Iranian intelligence services to attack exiled Iranians living in Denmark. In response, the Iranian foreign ministry dismissed the allegations by Denmark.

* Jordan and Canada on October 30 discussed efforts to attain peace in the Middle East and the latest developments in the region.

* The Israeli southern city of Ashdod will establish the first autonomous bus system in the Jewish country after an agreement with Singapore's ST Engineering company, the financial website Calcalist reported Tuesday.

* Turkey's first drilling vessel "Fatih" on October 30 started its first deep drilling on the southern Mediterranean coast as part of the efforts to meet its domestic energy needs.

* The Moroccan Government Secretary General Mohamed Hajoui and Spanish Justice Minister Dolores Delgado Garcia discussed on October 30 the means to cement judicial cooperation between the two countries.

* Turkey will soon launch large-scale operations against Kurdish militants' presence east of the Euphrates River in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

* Bulgarian police have detained 47 illegal immigrants in the village of Herakovo, some 20 km northwest of the capital, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement on October 30.

* The global wildlife population dropped 60 percent between 1970 and 2014 due to human activities, according to a report published by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Tuesday.