* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high performance and trust ratings three years into his six-year presidential term, according to an independent poll released on Monday. A survey by Pulse Asia Research Inc. conducted from September 16 to 22, 2019 showed 78 percent of the 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above surveyed nationwide approved of the way Duterte runs the country.
* The Kremlin said Monday it hopes that a counterterrorism operation planned by Turkey in northern Syria will not hurt the political and territorial integrity of the Middle East country.
* France on Monday asked Turkey to avoid a unilateral military offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, warning that such move would undermine the stability in the region, a French Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
* Turkey expects more economic cooperation with Serbia as a result of a free trade agreement and excellent bilateral ties, according to visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.
* US President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, saying that it is time to get out of these “Endless Wars.”
* Germany supports Georgia’s integration into NATO and the European Union (EU), visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Tbilisi on Monday.
* The EU Inter-parliamentary Conference on Climate Change on Monday called on the new EU leadership to step up the efforts in fighting climate change.
* The Greek government anticipates economic growth to accelerate to 2.8 percent next year, slashing the unemployment rate by nearly two percentage points, while the budget sticks to Greece’s primary surplus commitments to its creditors, according to the first 2020 draft budget tabled in parliament on Monday.
* Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China from Tuesday to Wednesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Monday.
* Nearly 300 people were arrested on Monday in central London during the first day of mass protests by Extinction Rebellion which demand much more urgent action against climate change.
* Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s Socialist Party (PS) has won Sunday’s national election, according to official results. With 99 percent of the parishes counted and only four seats to be confirmed, the PS garnered 36.7 percent of the votes, or 106 seats in the parliament. The center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) received the second most seats with 77 seats and 28.6 percent of the vote, according to the Ministry of Internal Administration.
* Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday urged protesters to join national dialogue, asserting that he categorically rejects targeting peaceful demonstrators and security forces as well.
* The Turkish military campaign against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began on Monday night in northern and northeastern Syria, Syria’s state TV and activists reported.
* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday asked African states to tackle terrorism and climate change for the sake of peace and security.
* Iran’s army on Monday warned against any attempt to threaten the Islamic republic, Press TV reported. The army’s Chief Commander Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi said that Iran has maintained the security of the Gulf for the past 40 years and will continue to do so with full power.
* Kongres 590, a two-day economic forum, was inaugurated on Monday in southeastern Poland, where political and business leaders discuss global challenges and the Polish economy.
* Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh will pay an official visit to Kazakhstan from October 10-11 at the invitation of his Kazakh counterpart Askar Mamin, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia said Monday. Khurelsukh will become the first Mongolian prime minister to visit Kazakhstan in 25 years.
* Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to the world, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be difficult to achieve without a significant increase in the use of nuclear power, according to the acting chief of UN nuclear watchdog at a conference held in Vienna on Monday.
* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday over ongoing protests in Iraq, confirming that life returned to normal in the country.
* A record number of 35 candidates have handed in their nominations to contest in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections which will be held on November 16, the Elections Commission announced in Colombo on October 7.
* Exports of military equipment approved by the German government increased to a total of EUR6.35 billion (US$6.98 billion) between January and September, the German press agency (DPA) reported on Monday.
* The fourth edition of the Africa Security Forum will be held in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Dec. 1-3, under the theme “The impact of climate change on security in Africa.”
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- Mexico president visits 'El Chapo's' home turf, shakes hands with his mother
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- Special Report: Before coronavirus, China bungled swine epidemic with secrecy
- What a difference three years make: Theresa May bids an emotional farewell to No 10 the same way she entered with a wave to the world by Philip's side - plus a final Brexit warning to Boris
- Trump's narcissism has taken a new twist. And now he has American blood on his hands
- America on its knees: Unemployment soars to 3.3million after three MILLION new claims are filed in just one week - four times the 1982 record - as coronavirus cripples the economy
- Britons will not get back to 'normal life' for SIX MONTHS or more, warns deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries, as she says UK should know after Easter if lockdown has 'squashed' coronavirus outbreak
- Expert who predicted just 5,700 may die from coronavirus in the UK says he was wrong and Britain is in a 'dangerous state' as daily deaths surge past his estimated maximum number just TWO DAYS later
- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin calls record three million new unemployment claims 'NOT RELEVANT' because 'the president is protecting people' with checks in three weeks - as crippled economy's jobless total reaches 3.3 million
- Drake posts first pics of adorable son Adonis and opens up about missing him
- Prince Charles will make £2million contribution to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's £4million-a-year security bill amid claims couple will use private guards because Met Police can't carry guns in US
- The KGB Playbook for Infiltrating the Middle East
- How Prince Harry dumped The Firm... by emailing his father and the Queen: That’s just one of the jaw-dropping revelations about the true inside story of Megxit – by the Mail’s royal editor who knew Harry so well
- Foreign doctors and nurses working in the NHS have their visas extended for a year so they can stay to help save the lives of coronavirus suffers
- Huawei thanks Indian government for 5G trials permission
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