World News in Brief: October 15

Tuesday, 2019-10-15 14:04:32
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Emergency crews in Japan are continuing to search for more than a dozen people still missing on Tuesday (October 15) after Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan over the weekend causing widespread damage and killing at least 64 people.

* The Russian Armed forces will hold strategic drills from October 15-17 to check the combat readiness of commanders and personnel in various parts of the country, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday (October 14). The drills will involve some 12,000 troops, 213 Strategic Missile Forces launchers, up to 105 aircrafts, five submarines as well as hundreds of military units and special equipment.

* Germany's EU minister said on Tuesday he was "not quite sure" that a Brexit deal was close.

* US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an order authorizing sanctions against Turkey and raised tariffs on steel imports from the country in response to its military operations in Syria.

* Turkish troops on Monday started to move towards Manbij in northern Syria, local CNNTurk broadcaster reported. The news channel broadcasted the Turkish soldiers moving from Jarablus region to Manbij on foot.

* The Syrian army entered the city of Manbij in northern Syria on Monday for the first time since losing it in 2012, as part of an agreement with the Kurdish forces in control of the city to avert a Turkish assault in the area.

* Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran is ready to restart nuclear talks with powers if the United States removes all sanctions against Iran, Press TV reported.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited military positions in eastern Ukraine on the Defender's Day of Ukraine, the president's official website reported on Monday.

* British police have ordered a halt to Extinction Rebellion protests in London after a week of civil disobedience by climate change activists who have targeted government building and major financial institutions.

* Cyprus on Monday expressed satisfaction over an European Union (EU) foreign ministers' agreement to take "restrictive measures" against individuals involved in drilling by Turkey off the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean island.

* The curfew on Ecuador's capital Quito was lifted on Monday after an agreement reached between the government and indigenous leaders on Sunday put an end to more than 10 days of turbulent protests. The Defense Ministry said residents were free to move about again, and life was gradually returning to normal in the city.

* Libya's Immigration Control Department in the eastern city of Benghazi on Monday announced the deportation of more than 100 illegal immigrants to Egypt and Nigeria.

* Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) has won a majority of seats in the Sejm, the most important house in the parliament, but lost the Senate by one seat, according to official results of Sunday's general elections announced by the State Electoral Commission on Monday evening.

* Cyprus and Ireland have identical views on Brexit and firmly support the original agreement reached between the European Union and the British government for an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the Presidents of the two countries said on Monday after talks in Nicosia.

* Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said in Helsinki on Monday that the "situation after Brexit is very open", Finnish News Agency STT reported.

* Over 100,000 people have been affected and many families displaced after Logone River in Cameroon's Far North region overflowed, according to local authorities on Monday.

* At least 14 police officers were killed in an ambush in Aguililla, a town in west-central Michoacan state, Mexico's Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) said on Monday.

Xinhua, Reuters