World News in Brief: August 1

Thailand received more than 2 million foreign tourists in the first half of 2022. According to the forecast of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the number of tourists is expected to reach 9 million in this year.

India reported its first monkeypox death in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday, the Indian Express quoted the state's Health Minister Veena George as saying.
India reported its first monkeypox death in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday, the Indian Express quoted the state's Health Minister Veena George as saying.

* The United States' quest for the dominance of world oceans and the expansion of NATO are the main threats to Russia's national maritime security, according to the new Russian naval doctrine adopted Sunday.

* Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said his country is interested in joining the BRICS group, telling a TV interviewer that Algeria largely meets the conditions of joining the group. The BRICS group of nations comprises China, Russia, Brazil, India, and South Africa.

* Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos said on Monday that his government is not keen on rejoining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

* Iran has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb but has no intention of doing so, Mohammad Eslami, head of the country's atomic energy organisation, said on Monday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

* The Republic of Korea's online shopping logged a double-digit growth in the second quarter owing to soaring demand for the travel and leisure services, statistical office data showed Monday.

* OPEC's new secretary general said that Russia's membership in OPEC+ is vital for the success of the agreement, Kuwait's Alrai newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting an exclusive interview with Haitham al-Ghais.

* A ship carrying grain left the Ukrainian port of Odesa for foreign markets on Monday under a safe passage agreement, a Ukrainian minister said, the first departure since the Russia - Ukraine crisis blocked shipping through the Black Sea five months ago.

* A major report has warned that Australia is facing significant shortfalls in gas supplies in 2023.

* Libya's oil production is at 1.2 million barrels per day, oil minister Mohammed Oun from the Tripoli-based Unity government told Reuters in a text message on Sunday.

* Afghanistan received a fresh batch of 40 million USD in cash humanitarian aid and deposited to one of the country's commercial banks, the central bank said in a statement on Monday.

* Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) has deported the first group of Pakistani migrants back to their home country, said the Ministry of Security of BiH on Sunday.

* Clashes between Taliban forces and Iran border guards on Sunday have left at least one dead on the Afghanistan side, an Afghan police official said.

* China reported 393 new coronavirus cases for July 31, of which 84 were symptomatic and 309 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

* World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan on Sunday called on people to get their booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines as the number of daily cases has seen an uptick.

* India reported 16,464 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 44,036,275 in the country, according to federal health ministry data released on Monday morning.

* British employers are their most pessimistic about hiring and investment since the depths of the pandemic crisis due to surging inflation and an acute shortage of workers to fill jobs, a survey showed.

* New Zealand's borders fully re-opened to visitors from around the world on Monday, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed them in March 2020.

* The number of active coronavirus cases in Australia's aged care sector has surpassed 9,000 as the country continues to battle the wave of Omicron sub-variant infections in winter.

* A nationwide vaccination campaign against COVID-19 for children aged six months to five years was launched in Israel on Sunday.

* A total of 32 people died in an arson attack on Friday in a village in the Malagasy district of Ankazobe, about 100 km west of the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar's Minister of National Defense Richard Rakotonirina confirmed to the press Saturday.

* At least 26 people, including children, have died in floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky (the US), and more fatalities are expected, the state's governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday.

* Wildfires in the city of Aubais, located in the French southwest department of Gard, have injured four firefighters, burnt 200 hectares of land and forced evacuation, French daily news Le Figaro reported.