World News in Brief: August 12

Monday, 2019-08-12 12:15:49
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More than 21,000 service personnel and militia members have been engaged in rescue and relief as of Sunday (August 11) morning since a serious typhoon landed in eastern China's Zhejiang Province Saturday (August 10). Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales.

* Thai authorities said on Sunday that more than 205 houses were damaged in the southern province of Satun struck by torrential rain and storms.

* An official from Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority confirmed on Sunday that a total of 161 people have been killed and 137 others injured in rain-related incidents since July across the country due to the current monsoon-triggered heavy rainfalls.

* Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Sunday that it had sent Google a letter asking it to stop the promotion of unauthorized (illegal) rallies on its subsidiary YouTube.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted an offer from his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar to meet in Dublin for talks over Brexit and Northern Ireland, reported local semi state-owned media RTE on Sunday.

* A fire at a day care center in the US state of Pennsylvania killed at least five children on Sunday, according to local authorities.

* Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that intervention of some extra-regional countries in the Gulf region only makes the problems more complicated.

* Libya's UN-backed government on Sunday accused the rival east-based army of breaking a UN-proposed humanitarian truce in the capital Tripoli by firing rockets on civilian areas.

* The British government said on August 11 that it will launch an urgent investigation into a major power cut that affected nearly one million people and sparked transport chaos in England and Wales on August 9.

* Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called for the end of war and the return of viable peace in his militancy-battered country.

* The United Nations announced on Sunday that the fighting between forces of the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) left around 40 people dead and 260 others injured.