* Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday defended multilateralism at the UN General Assembly, saying a multilateral approach is not an option but a necessity in today’s interconnected world.
* Chinese tourists will make nearly 800 million domestic trips and another 7.5 million overseas during the upcoming week-long National Day holiday, said a report released Friday.
* The 86th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand concluded Friday, as three Chinese and two Laotian law enforcement boats anchored at Guanlei Port, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
* China has initiated relevant domestic legal procedures for its accession to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The announcement, which sends out a positive signal of China’s readiness to become a State Party to the ATT, was made by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27.
* The Republic of Korea (RoK) highly expected a “transformation” in relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a senior RoK government official said in Seoul on Friday.
* During their talks on Friday on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed to strengthen strategic cooperation of the two countries.
* At the meeting on Friday with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China is committed to non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation with the United States.
* Saudi Arabia launched on Friday the e-tourist visa, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Announced in a ceremony to mark the World Tourism Day in Riyadh, the first phase of the new service would cover citizens of 49 countries, in which they could obtain their visas via the website or on arrival.
* The Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) on Friday announced that a total of 14 candidates had successfully completed the registration for the presidential elections scheduled in the fall. Presidential elections will be held in Romania on November 10, 2019, with a possible run-off between the top two candidates on November 24, 2019.
* The US House voted Friday to overturn President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, the second time it did so. The resolution was passed in a 236 to 174 vote, short of the two-thirds majority required to nullify a presidential veto. Trump is almost certain to veto the resolution.
* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Greece in the following week, said the US State Department on Friday.
* Migrants rescued in three separate search and rescue operations were relocated from Malta to France and Portugal, the Maltese government said on Friday. The relocations came after an ad hoc agreement was struck between the European Commission, Malta and other EU members.
* Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi downplayed on Friday the calls for protests and said that Egypt is “very strong,” the Egyptian state TV reported.
* Russia’s Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy strike drone made its first joint test flight with a fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet, which lasted more than 30 minutes, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
* Over 30,000 people came to march for the climate in The Hague on Friday. The activists in The Hague demanded the Dutch government to commit to a more ambitious and socially just climate policy and called on people to come to The Hague on Friday afternoon and strike instead of going to work or study.
* Almost nine out of 10 Italians, or 89 percent, are willing to give up products packaged with plastic to fight global warming, the Piepoli Institute, an Italian market research firm, told reporters at a press conference at the Lower House in Roma on Friday.
* The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said Friday that an upsurge of violent attacks on civilians over the past 10 months has forced more than 40,000 people to cross from northwest Nigeria into Niger.
* Yemen’s top Houthi leader on Friday dismissed reports of reaching a limited cease-fire deal with Saudi Arabia as a “fake news.”
* A young Palestinian man was shot dead Friday by Israeli army’s gunfire during the weekly anti-Israel protests along the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said.
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