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* Spain will host the COP25 climate summit in December, the UN said on Friday (November 1), after Chile abandoned plans to hold it due to deadly anti-government protests.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Tashkent on Friday ahead of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting, calling for enhanced cooperation on SCO and bilateral issues.

* The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired off two unidentified projectiles towards the East Sea, Republic of Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday (October 31).

* Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday held Israel responsible for “the dangerous escalation” in the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes early on Saturday carried out a series of intensive airstrikes on militants’ facilities in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing a 27-year-old Palestinian man and injuring two others.

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the construction of a new toll highway, which is to become part of the Europe-Western China transport corridor, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov was quoted as saying Friday.

* Britain has promised to put ordinary citizens at the heart of its presidency of the United Nations Security Council, as it took over from South Africa as the president of the Council on Friday.

* Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue, held a phone conversation at the request of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin late Friday. In the phone talks, the two sides had earnest and constructive discussions on properly addressing each other’s core concerns, and reached principled consensus.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke over phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday over the situation in northern Syria, said the US State Department on Friday.

* Morocco and Italy signed a declaration of multidimensional strategic partnership on Friday in Moroccan capital Rabat. The two sides expressed their determination to preserve and consolidate the level of relations they’ve achieved in the declaration which was signed by Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Italian counterpart Luigi di Maio.

* Some 35,000 people were affected by flooding in a conflict-torn part of northeast Nigeria, and more than half of them were displaced, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

* Iraq’s Oil Ministry said on Friday that Iraq exported more than 106 million barrels of crude oil in October, bringing in revenues of over US$6 billion.

*The first joint patrol of Russian and Turkish troops on Friday began its mission near the Syrian-Turkish border, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The route of the patrol exceeds 110 km starting from the Derbisia customs checkpoint and moving westwards along the border.

* Egyptian and Russian air forces started a joint drill for the first time in Egypt, Egyptian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

* Israel will host an international military aerial exercise which will begin on Sunday and continue until November 14, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Friday. The exercise, named “Blue Flag,” will take place at the “Ovda” air force base in southern Israel.

* The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the doors of the alliance are open for those who wish to join, including Ukraine.

* Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Saturday Turkey would send captured Islamic State members back to their home countries, and he complained about European inaction on the matter.

* At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, the government said, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country’s military in recent memory.

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