World News in Brief: August 15

Thursday, 2019-08-15 14:11:41
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Japan's weather agency said Typhoon Krosa made landfall near Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture at around 3:00 p.m. local time (0600 GMT) on Thursday (August 15). The typhoon has already caused at least 16 injuries across eight prefectures in Japan, with evacuation advisories in Kochi, Shikoku and Kyushu, the agency said.

* China's national weather observatory on Thursday renewed a blue alert for rainstorms as a cold front and Typhoon Krosa threaten to bring heavy downpours to the country's northeast.

* Myanmar's Defense Services Technological Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay region, was attacked by an unidentified militant group armed with heavy weapons on Thursday morning, said an official of the True News Information Team of the military. The incident took place at about 05:00 a.m. local time, damaging parts of the academy.

* The Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in vowed Thursday to build a peace economy on the Korean Peninsula with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) through dialogue and cooperation.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to Finland at the invitation of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Aug. 21, the Kremlin said Wednesday (August 14). Besides bilateral cooperation, the leaders will discuss international and regional issues, including Russia's relations with the European Union (EU) in the context of Finland's current presidency of the EU Council, a Kremlin statement said.

* China's new ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui on Wednesday called on both countries to make joint efforts for more fruitful cooperation.

* Iraq on Wednesday called on the international community to adhere to the resolutions of international legitimacy with regard to the Palestinian issue.

* Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean increased by 13.2 percent year on year in 2018, totaling US$184.287 billion and putting an end to five years of declines, a UN agency said on Wednesday.

* An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck Japan's northern Aomori Prefecture, the weather agency said on Thursday, although no tsunami warning has been issued.

* The European Union has provided EUR7 milion (US$7.8 million) in support of the UN World Food Programme (WFP)'s emergency operations in Sudan, a Sudanese news portal reported on Wednesday.

* The Mozambican government announced Wednesday that it had received US$118 million pledged by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for post-cyclone reconstruction.

* The rebels shot down a Syrian warplane in the country's northwestern province of Idlib on Wednesday, a war monitor reported. The rebels of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the umbrella group of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, shot down the warplane in southern Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

* The Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) announced on Wednesday that 26 candidates had been approved for the early presidential elections scheduled for Sept. 15.

* Latvia will have its largest budget ever next year, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins announced on public television Wednesday. With the Baltic country's economy showing sustained growth, its budget is expected to expand by EUR500 million in 2020, Karins said, noting that the government will therefore be able to provide over EUR10 million in additional funding for wages and investment.