World News in Brief: August 27

Agriculture and food ministers as well as senior officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies on Friday vowed enhanced cooperation to ensure food security in the region.
 French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday that increases in electricity prices next year will be limited, but did not give specific details.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Saturday that increases in electricity prices next year will be limited, but did not give specific details.

* Three Chinese law-enforcement vessels returned to a port in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Friday, concluding the 120th joint Mekong River patrol by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand.

* The United States and India had constructive talks on a proposal to cap prices of Russian oil, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said on Friday.

* Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday nominated Ana Brnabic to serve another term as prime minister and to lead a new government through a time of war in Europe, global energy and inflation crises and tensions with Kosovo.

* Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis rejected on Friday opposition parties' calls for a snap election over the recent revelations of the phone tapping of an opposition leader by the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP).

* Japan will provide a total of 30 billion USD in aid to Africa over three years, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio told an international conference on Saturday.

* Thailand's unemployment rate dropped to 1.37 percent in the second quarter of 2022 from 1.53 percent in the previous quarter, official data showed on Friday.

* India and Bangladesh held a joint ministerial-level meeting to discuss river water sharing between the two sides, officials said Friday.

* The three-country permanent joint mechanism between Türkiye, Finland, and Sweden convened for the first time in Vantaa in south Finland on Friday.

* Russia forces based in Syria on Friday said four Israeli jets had launched a total of four cruise missiles and 16 guided aerial bombs against a research facility in the city of Masyaf on Thursday, Russian agencies reported.

* Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock signed in Copenhagen on Friday a new Danish-German Action Plan to strengthen cooperation in various fields amid Russia-Ukraine conflicts, energy crisis and climate change, according to a press release from the Danish Foreign Ministry.

* Tanzania and the UN refugee agency are in negotiations to launch a reforestation program in refugee-hosting regions of Kigoma and Kagera, the UN refugee agency chief said on Friday evening.

* Merchant sailors will be allowed to leave Ukraine if they receive approval from their local military administrative body, the Ukrainian prime minister said, a move that could ease the process of shipping grain from the country's ports.

* Some Tunisian shops are rationing goods including cooking oil, sugar and butter, while big queues have hit petrol stations amid a fuel shortage as the government navigates a looming crisis in public finances.

* India's daily COVID-19 caseload on Saturday fell below the 10,000 mark, with 9,520 new cases being reported during the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 44,398,696, according to official data.

* The Philippines reported 2,565 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 3,872,405.

* COVID-19 is placing a major strain on Australia's workforce, government data has revealed. According to Department of Treasury figures released on Friday, approximately 31,000 Australians missed work every day because of lasting coronavirus symptoms.

* Pakistan has reached out to donors, friendly countries and international financial institutions for assistance to respond to the scale of flood calamity, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif tweeted on Thursday night.

* In July, 1,403,333 foreign nationals visited Albania, an increase of 21.1 percent year-on-year, the country's Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) said on Friday. The figure is significantly higher than that registered in pre-COVID-19 pandemic year 2019.

* At least 45 people were killed and 113 others injured in heavy monsoon rain-triggered flash floods and other rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has said.

* Bolivia accumulated 55 monkeypox cases in less than a month after the first infection was recorded, with an average of two cases per day, the Ministry of Health and Sports announced Friday.