World News in Brief: August 18

Sunday, 2019-08-18 14:14:28
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday (August 17) congratulated Sudan on the signing ceremony of two documents instituting for a transitional period. Guterres reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to assist the transition process as it seeks to achieve the long-standing aspiration of the people of Sudan for democracy and peace.

* A van collision in eastern Thailand killed 11 and injured four on Sunday (August 18), local media reported. Rescue workers were seen pulling the injured out of the truck. Ambulance van also rushed to the scene.

* An operation is underway on Sunday to search for and rescue the missing victims of a passenger ship that caught fire in waters off central Indonesia's South East Sulawesi province a day earlier, head of provincial search and rescue office Junaidi Satta said. Seven people including two children were killed and four others went missing, while 61 were rescued as the ship caught fire on Saturday.

* Armed groups have continued to attack Lashio, the biggest city in Myanmar's northern Shan state, with heavy arms firing on the government forces and police stations, the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services said.

* The US and the Republic of Korea (RoK) authorities keep staging joint military drills despite warnings from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which would bring disastrous consequences, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Saturday. The joint military exercises conducted by US and RoK military forces this year kicked off on Aug. 5 and are scheduled to end on Aug. 20.

* Yemen's Interior Ministry on Saturday announced work suspension at its main headquarters in the southern port city of Aden, a week after forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) seized the strategic city.

* Israeli army said on Saturday night that at least three projectiles, including two rockets, were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and intercepted.

* The Libyan navy said on Saturday that 278 illegal immigrants were rescued last week in separate operations off the coast of the capital Tripoli.

* The Israeli military opened fire at a group of Palestinians as they tried to cross the Gaza border, killing three men and injuring another, local media reported on Sunday. Palestinian officials confirmed the casualties, according to the reports.

* More than 2,000 people have been evacuated in a small town in the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria island as a wildfire raged through the region. The blaze, which started in the town of Valleseco on Saturday evening, was moving fairly quickly.

Xinhua