October 13, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.Delegates from the Group of 20 nations and international organizations held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi chaired the online summit. He said the leaders agreed unanimously on the need for aid. They acknowledged they may have to coordinate any efforts with the Taliban.
2.Myanmar’s detained President Win Myint has testified that he refused when the military tried to force him to resign shortly before a coup in February. Win Myint appeared in court on Tuesday. He was detained on February 1 along with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He has been on trial over multiple charges such as incitement.
3. The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for global growth to 5.6 percent. IMF economists cited persistent threats to the world economy, including the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant.