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M6.6 quake hits off Japan's Okinawa, no threat of tsunami

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 hit off Japan's Okinawa early Thursday, but there is no threat of damage from a tsunami despite possible sea-level fluctuations, the weather agency said, according to Kyodo News.

Biden: Education crucial for economic competitiveness

United States President Joe Biden reiterated the importance of his commitment to preschool funding, quoting first lady Jill Biden in warning that "any country that out-educates us is going to out-compete us."

Biden admin sues Texas over new voting law

The United States Department of Justice sued Texas over its new voting restrictions, claiming the newly imposed rules violate federal laws, such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

Japan: PM Kishida to visit US before year-end

Japanese newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (pictured) intends to visit Washington before the end of the month for a meeting with United States President Joe Biden, Japan Times reported citing Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki.

US approves $650 million weapons sale to S. Arabia

The United States State Department has on Thursday approved a sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of air-to-air missiles and missile rail launchers to the value of $650M, pending Congress approval. Raytheon Technologies is named as the principal contractor.

Florida to sue Biden admin over vaccine mandates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that the state will sue the Biden administration over its vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors due to take effect on January 4.

Alan Dershowitz:

Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who helped defend former President Donald Trump in his first impeachment, gave an interview to Baku Tribune.

Biden to focus on passing spending bills

United States President Joe Biden will "hit the gas" to pass the bipartisan infrastructure plan and his administration's massive reconciliation bill, Axios reported citing lawmakers and White House advisers.

China: US tensions unlikely to prevent carbon deal

Tensions between Washington and Beijing are not likely to prevent a broad deal on carbon markets from being achieved at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, Chinese climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua (pictured) said on Tuesday.

Russia won't join the Arms Trade Treaty - official

Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Office in Geneva Andrey Belousov (pictured) stated that the country doesn't plan to join the organization's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in its current format.

Turkey seeks new alternatives about air force, turkish expert says

In interview to Baku Tribune was given by Deniz Tansi, chair of Public Administration Department Yeditepe University Economic and Administrative Sciences Faculty.

Macron: France to delay sanctions as UK talks continue

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday his country will not impose retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom over their fishing dispute at midnight as the two sides are currently in negotiations on the issue.

Trump to hold tele-rally ahead of Virginia election

Former United States President Donald Trump intends to hold a tele-rally in support of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, The Hill reported citing a source close to the former head of state.

Biden to visit House Dems to talk reconciliation, infrastructure

United States President Joe Biden intends to speak with members of the House Democratic Caucus about the faith of the bipartisan infrastructure plan and his administration's massive reconciliation bill, containing much of his agenda, which will push his overseas trip to a later time than the one scheduled.

German import prices rise 17.7% in September

The import prices in Germany yearly increased by 17.7% in September narrowly going under market estimates, according to a report published by the Federal Statistics Office on Friday. Meanwhile, the import prices increased by 1.3% on a monthly basis.

Blinken talks Sudan coup with Saudi FM

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a conversation with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud talked about the developments in Sudan.

Biden rejects Trump's executive privilege claims

President Joe Biden's White House rejected two more of former President Donald Trump's claims of executive privilege, CNN reported.

Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria - report

United States officials believe that Iran could be behind last week's drone attacks at the al-Tanf garrison in Syria where American troops are located, The Washington Post reported on Monday citing an anonymous government source, Baku Tribune reports citing Breaking News.

Russia-NATO relations cannot be called catastrophic because there are none

Russia-NATO relations cannot be called catastrophic because there are no such relations at all, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday after talks with his Norwegian counterpart, Anniken Huitfeldt, Baku Tribune reports citing teletrader.

Colombia captures country's most wanted drug trafficker

Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, leader of the Clan del Golfo, or Gulf Clan, drug trafficking group was the world´s “most feared” drug trafficker, according to President Ivan Duque, BakuTribune reports citing Anadolu.

Storm Kompasu leaves 30 dead, 13 missing in the Philippines

Thirty people were killed in landslides and flash floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines, the national disaster agency said Thursday, with 13 people also reported missing, Baku Tribune reports citing anews.

US watchdog to inspect if Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan with money from country

John Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said on Wednesday his office would look into allegations that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took millions of dollars with him when he left the country.

Venezuela to reopen border with Colombia

The Venezuelan government announced the reopening of its border with Colombia for commerce beginning Tuesday.

US secretary of state to visit France, Mexico next week

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the French capital Paris between Oct. 4 – 6 to chair a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Iran, South Korea tensions spill over into education, trade

Tensions between Iran and South Korea, stemming from frozen Iranian assets, are spilling over into other areas now, with Tehran banning the import of South Korean home appliances and Seoul blocking the bank accounts of Iranian students.

Lukashenko: “Azerbaijan is brotherly country which always supported Belarus disinterestedly”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has received credentials of newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to this country Ulvi Bakhishaliyev, Baku Tribune reports citing Belta.

Erdogan:

We have not experienced such kind of disagreement with any US leader earlier. Unfortunately, the US does not fight against terror organizations, supports more than the expected, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while answering questions of journalists after Juma prayer, Baku Tribune in Turkey reports.

Afghanistan’s healthcare system on brink of collapse, as hunger hits 95 per cent of families

Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse, Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Wednesday, while on the streets of Kabul, the hunger families are suffering is as acute in urban areas as the drought-stricken rural parts of the country, according to the official website of the Organization.