World News in Brief: August 16

Friday, 2019-08-16 10:36:43
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The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Union (EU) to maintain the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences for Cambodia, according to its statement released to the media on Thursday (August 15).

* Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez on Thursday signed an agreement on visits of warships to the ports of both countries.

* Indian and Pakistani border troops were involved in cross-border firing on Thursday, India's 73rd Independence Day, and claimed casualties on each other's sides.

* Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday that the resumption of the political dialogue with the opposition is possible through a "re-thought mechanism."

* The Iranian ambassador to Britain confirmed that Gibraltar released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 on Thursday.

* The Syrian air defenses intercepted an "enemy" missile over the central city of Masyaf on Thursday night, state TV reported.

* Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said on Thursday afternoon that youth should focus on education and work to help the country's development and stop complaining.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi ordered on Thursday that all military flights including reconnaissance aircraft be prohibited from using the Iraqi airspace without his permission.

* Turkey will not tolerate any delay from the US over the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday. On Aug. 7, Turkey and the United States delegation agreed to jointly set up a safe zone in northern Syria.

* Iran's Navy Commander Hossein Khanzadi called for withdrawal of non-regional military forces from the Gulf, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.

* A total of 46 people were killed in the past days of raining and flooding that hit wide areas in Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported Thursday.

Xinhua