Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Turkish foreign minister, U.S. national security adviser to meet in Ankara on Wednesday: ministry
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet with U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien at 1245 GMT in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkey's foreign ministry said, as Turkey pressed on with its military operation in northeastern Syria. O'Brien will be visiting Ankara as part of a delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will hold talks with President Tayyip Erdogan about Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria on Thursday.
Spain sends Belgium arrest warrant request for Catalan leader Puigdemont
Belgium has received a third European arrest warrant request from Spain's Supreme Court for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on Wednesday. The warrant arrived in Spanish but the law requires that it be sent in one of Belgium's three national languages or English so Spain will send a new one next week, the spokeswoman said.
Spain confirms king to make historic trip to Havana in November
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia will visit Cuba in November for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell confirmed on Wednesday during a trip to Havana. The visit will be a welcome sign of support for Cuba which is facing increasing U.S. hostility. Spain and its former colony have improved ties in recent years within the broader normalization of relations between the European Union and Cuba.
Japanese PM sends offering to war-dead shrine but will not visit: Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday but will not visit what Japan's neighbors view as a symbol of its past military aggression, media reported. Abe had a "masakaki" ceremonial evergreen branch sent to the shrine for the autumn festival that runs until Sunday, Kyodo News reported.
Dark web child porn bust leads to 338 arrests worldwide
Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they had arrested hundreds of people worldwide after knocking out a South Korea-based dark web child pornography site that sold gruesome videos for digital cash. Officials from the United States, Britain and South Korea described the network as one of the largest child pornography operations they had encountered to date.
One person is missing in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry: the whistleblower
Democratic lawmakers leading an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump have heard days of testimony from a parade of senior government officials. But they have yet to hear from the whistleblower who sparked the probe - and may never do. In the end, it may not matter, some Democratic lawmakers said, because the other officials who have testified, Trump's own statements, a trove of texts between top U.S. diplomats, and other White House documents have largely substantiated the whistleblower's complaint that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
U.S. diplomats, Congress take aim at China; Trump expects trade deal signing
The U.S. State Department and Congress took aim at China on Wednesday, even as President Donald Trump hailed "goodwill" between Washington and Beijing and said he expected to sign the first phase of a trade deal with President Xi Jinping next month. While Trump touted progress in his damaging trade war with Beijing, State Department officials said Chinese diplomats and officials in the United States would be required to give advance notice of meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, calling it a response to how U.S. diplomats are treated in China.
U.S. tells Chinese diplomats to give notice of meetings
Chinese diplomats in the United States must now give advance notice of any meetings with state, local and municipal officials, as well as at educational and research institutions, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday. The officials told reporters the move was an effort to "add reciprocity" to the way U.S. diplomats are treated in China.
U.S. restores aid to Central America after reaching migration deals
The United States on Wednesday restored economic aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that had been cut off after the Trump administration complained the three Central American countries had done too little to halt a surge in migration. U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that some "targeted assistance" would resume as they praised governments of the three countries for reaching immigration agreements with the United States.
Last-gasp Brexit deal set to dominate fraught EU summit
European Union leaders' two-day summit in Brussels starting on Thursday will be dominated by last-gasp efforts to seal a deal on Britain's exit from the bloc despite a raft of other pressing issues, from the crisis in the Middle East to the bloc's budget. The meeting will be Boris Johnson's first and last EU summit as prime minister of Britain if an agreement on his country's Oct. 31 divorce can be sealed with the other 27 member states and approved by parliament at a special session on Saturday.