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The Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) will dispatch ships and aircraft to the eastern Bab el-Mandeb strait, the Gulf of Oman and the northern Arabian Sea for an investigation and research mission, according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, The Japan Times reported Oct. 18.
Qatar's Cabinet adopted new legislation on Oct. 18 that aims to end the country's restrictive kafala labor laws. The law, which will take effect in January 2020, will no longer require foreign workers to obtain their company's permission to change employers or leave the country.
The Venezuelan government is considering granting Russian oil giant Rosneft full control over state-owned energy company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), according to an Oct. 17 El Nacional report that cited unnamed industry sources.
The Brazilian Senate has approved a deal between the government and state-owned energy company Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) to divide the proceeds from a Nov. 6 auction covering the so-called transfer of rights area off the Brazilian coast, Reuters reported Oct. 15.
Abdullah al-Thani, the prime minister of Libya's parallel government in Benghazi, has accused the country's central bank of restricting public salary payments to the eastern half of the country, AP reported Oct. 16.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has declared a foreign government responsible for an Oct. 11 attack on the country's Sabiti oil tanker, noting that Tehran would retaliate against the assailants, Reuters reported Oct. 14. Rouhani, however, did not accuse a specific country of committing the attack.
Ankara has long sought to establish a buffer zone to protect Turkey from the effects of the Syrian civil war, but as the Turkish government finally gets closer to getting what it wants, its aspirations will crash into geopolitical reality.
Iran has claimed an incident occurred with one of its oil tankers in the Red Sea, Reuters reported Oct. 11. Officials first hinted that a missile from Saudi Arabia could have hit the vessel, although Tehran since withdrew its initial claims and reports of a fire onboard.