Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
U.N. chief appeals for end to Yemen war, outlines next steps
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appealed for an end to the war in Yemen and laid out steps the parties in the conflict must take to move forward, warning that continued fighting would result in the country's worst famine in a decade. "Yemen today stands on a precipice. On the humanitarian side, the situation is desperate. We must do all we can to prevent the already dire conditions from deteriorating," Guterres told reporters at the United Nations.
Turkey's Erdogan: Khashoggi killing ordered at Saudi 'highest levels'
The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the "puppetmasters" to be unmasked. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul exactly one month ago on Oct. 2.
U.S. allows eight importers to keep buying Iran oil for now
The United States said on Friday it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil when it re-imposes sanctions on Monday to try to force Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced the decision, did not name the eight, which he referred to as "jurisdictions," a term that might include importers such as Taiwan which the United States does not regard as a country.
Indonesia struggles with damaged black box from crashed jet, hunts for second
Indonesian divers hunted on Friday for a second black box from an aircraft that crashed into the sea this week with the loss of all 189 people on board, as investigators tried to get data from a partly damaged recorder already found. The Lion Air Boeing Co 737 MAX, which only went into service in August, crashed on Monday into the Java Sea.
Cuba lashes out at Trump administration over new sanctions
Cuba on Friday said new sanctions planned by the United States were a futile attempt to change its policies and would only further isolate Washington internationally. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, announced on Thursday that more than two dozen Cuban companies associated with the Communist-run island's military or intelligence would be added to the more than 100 that Americans are already banned from doing business with or patronizing.
'Father of Taliban' Mullah Sami ul-Haq killed in Pakistan: deputy
Muslim cleric Sami ul-Haq, known as the "Father of the Taliban" for having taught some of the Afghan Islamist movement's leaders, was found killed on Friday in Pakistan, a relative and his deputy said. Unknown attackers killed the cleric, who ran an Islamic seminary in northwestern Pakistan and was seen as a possible intermediary in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, his deputy Yousaf Shah said.
Schaeuble backs business candidate to succeed Merkel as party leader: Spiegel
Wolfgang Schaeuble, president of Germany's parliament and one of the most senior politicians in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), is backing a pro-business right-winger to succeed her as party leader, Der Spiegel reported. Backing from Schaeuble, the former finance minister who drove Europe's fiscally austere response to southern Europe's debt crisis after 2008, would give a stiff tailwind to businessman Friedrich Merz's candidacy.
Britain, Ireland plan regular summits to maintain ties post-Brexit
Britain and Ireland will seek to hold regular summits between leaders and ministers after Brexit to maintain ties strained by Britain's decision to leave the EU, senior ministers from both governments said on Friday. Relations between the two have improved markedly since Ireland gained independence from Britain following a bloody struggle almost a century ago.
Trump backtracks on suggestion U.S. troops could fire on migrants
President Donald Trump on Friday backtracked from his suggestion a day earlier that American troops sent to the U.S. border with Mexico would be free to fire on migrants who throw rocks at them, saying that rock-throwers would only be arrested. "They won't have to fire. What I don't want is I don't want these people throwing rocks," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "If they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time."
Venezuelan migration to Colombia may generate growth: World Bank
The arrival of more than a million Venezuelans fleeing a deep social and economic crisis in their country could lead to economic growth in Colombia, if the country takes the right steps to manage the migrant crisis, the World Bank said in a report released on Friday. More than 2 million Venezuelans have emigrated amid food and medicine shortages and profound political divisions in their country, according to figures from the United Nations. Half have opted to live in Colombia, and many have arrived with only what they could carry.
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