World News in Brief: August 22

Millions of Philippine students returned to classrooms for the first time in more than two years on Monday, after the country lifted most remaining COVID-19 curbs to try and reverse learning losses.

Uganda's coffee exports dropped 17.7% in July compared to the same month last year, hurt by a prolonged drought that depressed yields across the country, according to a report by the state-run sector regulator.
Uganda's coffee exports dropped 17.7% in July compared to the same month last year, hurt by a prolonged drought that depressed yields across the country, according to a report by the state-run sector regulator.

* Russia on Monday requested that the U.N. Security Council holds a meeting on Tuesday regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported, citing Deputy Ambassador to the U.N. Dmitry Polyanskiy.

* Russia's parliament said it will hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in eastern Ukraine.

* German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning in his first meeting of a three-day trip focused on cultivating alternative sources of critical minerals for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy.

* Iran has not yet received any response from the United States concerning the European Union (EU)'s recent proposals on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

* India's federal government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Monday signed a loan agreement of 96.3 million USD to improve water supply and sanitation services in the state of Himachal Pradesh, officials said.

* The Philippines' budget for 2023 submitted to the House of Representatives on Monday reached roughly 93.835 billion USD, 4.9 percent higher than the 2022 budget, while the defense budget alone increased by 9 percent.

* The Republic of Korea's foreign currency deposit rose last month amid expectations for a strong USD, central bank data showed Monday.

* Mexico posted on Monday a preliminary figure of $27.5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) for the January to June period, according to a statement by the Economy Ministry.

* Pakistan's central bank on Monday held its main policy rate at 15%, the bank said in a statement, adding it would closely watch inflation data and global commodity prices.

* Britain recorded its biggest fall in output in more than 300 years in 2020 when it faced the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a larger decline than any other major economy, updated official figures showed on Monday.

* Energy-starved Bangladesh on Monday decided to reschedule the office hour of government and autonomous institutions to save electricity and ease traffic gridlock.

* Egypt's supply minister said on Monday the International Monetary Fund understood the difficulty the government faced in addressing the subsidy on bread, which remains in place for now.

* The United Arab Emirates' non-oil trade hit 1.058 trillion dirhams ($288.06 billion) in the first half of 2022, up 17% from a year earlier, the vice president said on Monday in a tweet.

* Mainland China reported 1,985 new coronavirus cases for Aug. 21, of which 427 were symptomatic and 1,558 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

* The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday signed off on the use of Novavax Inc's NVAX.O COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 through 17.

* Canada's health ministry on Friday said it had authorized the use of Pfizer Inc PFE.N and BioNTech's 22UAy.DE COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for children five to 11 years old at least six months after receiving their initial two doses.

* Brunei logged a daily average of 283 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

* More than 80 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, which the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, as confirmed cases crossed 41,100 and non-endemic countries reported their first related deaths.

* Stockholm police destroyed a bag containing explosives that was found in a park in the Swedish capital late on Sunday night and are investigating further, they said on Monday.