World News in Brief: August 10

Saturday, 2019-08-10 10:00:24
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday (August 9) that he hopes to reach a trade deal with the United States at an early juncture that would benefit both countries.

* China believes any unilateral action that may complicate the situation in Kashmir should not be taken, said State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing Friday. Wang made the remarks when holding talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in China on a special and emergency visit.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it had summoned Minister-Counsellor of the US Embassy in Moscow, Tim Richardson, and presented him with an official protest against the US encouraging an unauthorized opposition rally.

* US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had received a "beautiful" letter from the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un. Trump believed that he and Kim would be having another meeting, without mentioning the possible date and location.

* "On Iran, France speaks with all sovereignty," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday, in a rebuke to a tweet of US President Donald Trump who said "nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself".

* China is willing to work with France to prevent further escalation of tensions on the Iran nuclear issue, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday in a phone conversation with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic counselor to French President Emmanuel Macron.

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday pledged support to Kyrgyzstan and President Sooronbai Jeenbekov following a special forces operation to detain former president Almazbek Atambayev, the official Kabar news agency reported Wednesday.

* A total of 45 illegal immigrants have been rescued off Libya's western coast, the Libyan navy said Friday. The immigrants, including eight women and two children, were rescued on Wednesday some 55 km off the coast of the capital Tripoli, according to a navy statement.

* A European Union official Friday called on Libya's rival parties to accept a humanitarian truce proposed by the United Nations as Eid al-Adha draws near.

* China's real effective exchange rate (REER) in 2018 is estimated to be at the same level as warranted by fundamentals and desirable policies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated on Friday in a newly released report.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday commended recent talks between Washington and Ankara over the security of northeastern Syria, saying "important progress" has been made.

* Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Friday that he has no plan to leave his current position as the head of the government, just after submitting his candidacy papers for the presidential elections scheduled for September.

* A multinational military exercise to better meld Georgia's armed forces with that of NATO's came to an end on Friday. More than 3,000 military servicemen from 14 NATO member and partner countries, including the United States, Britain, Latvia and Norway, had participated "Agile Spirit 2019" since July 27, according to the Georgian Defense Ministry.

* At least eight people were injured as two powerful explosions hit again an ammunition depot near the town of Achinsk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk Region, TASS news agency reported Friday.

* The failures of two generators are to be blamed for the mass power cuts across the UK on Friday, according to National Grid, the Electricity System Operator in Great Britain. As a result, nearly 1,000,000 people were affected across large areas of the country.

* During the record-hot heatwave in the Netherlands in July this year, 400 more people died than in an average Dutch summer week, the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics CBS announced on Friday.

* The World Food Programme (WFP) will resume food distributions to some 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa after a two-month suspension due to aid diversion, a UN spokesman said Friday.

* Thirty-seven people have been killed in intercommunal clashes in eastern Chad since the beginning of the week, local media quoted Chadian President Idriss Deby as saying on Friday.