SEOUL, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Top military commanders of South Korea and the United States had a phone conversation on Saturday to confirm their already solid defense preparedness, China's Xinhua news agency reported, quoting Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

JAKARTA, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Many villagers, who had taken shelter in safer grounds in Bali resort island, have come back to their home although strongly barred by authorities as Mount Agung volcano in the island could erupt at any moment, China's Xinhua news agency reported a senior official of Indonesian disaster agency as saying on Saturday.

CAIRO, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The Egyptian armed forces on Saturday frustrated a terrorist attack that was targeting a security check point in the North Sinai city of Arish, killing at least two militants, China's Xinhua news agency reported the army as saying in a statement.

HAIKOU (Hainan Province, China), Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Train services will be affected from Saturday as the 20th typhoon of this year, Typhoon Khanun, is expected to make landfall on southern China's Hainan or Guangdong provinces this weekend, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

TIKRIT (Iraq), Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Two people were killed and three wounded near a mosque for Shiite Turkoman minority in the ethnically-mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, sparking sporadic clashes with the Kurds in the volatile city, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing a provincial security source on Saturday.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- As an additional security measure during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah's accession to the throne, the whole of Brunei-Muara District is declared as a restricted airspace on Saturday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

By William M. Reilly

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The UN Security Council (UNSC) said Friday that it seeks to end the violence in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine State, to push for humanitarian access to victims and for the return of more than half a million refugees to their homes, China's Xinhua news agency reported.