World News in Brief: September 20

Indonesia's House of Representatives passed a data privacy bill on Tuesday, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Johnny G. Plate said after a plenary session to legislate the new law.
Cyprus authorities late on Monday and early on Tuesday rescued hundreds of migrants who had left Lebanon and were stranded at sea in two separate incidents, officials said.
Cyprus authorities late on Monday and early on Tuesday rescued hundreds of migrants who had left Lebanon and were stranded at sea in two separate incidents, officials said.

* Hungary's foreign minister said on Tuesday the European Union should not consider new sanctions against Russia as that would only deepen the energy supply crisis and hurt Europe.

* A Chinese chemical enterprise has begun producing the biodegradable chemical material polyglycolide (PGA), which lowers CO2 emissions by approximately 65 percent, according to Science and Technology Daily on Tuesday.

* Indian companies are hiring thousands of temporary workers, expanding to smaller cities and launching new products as the country prepares to celebrate its peak festive season without COVID restrictions for the first time in three years.

* Some 250,000 mourners filed past Queen Elizabeth's coffin at Westminster Hall in London during her lying-in-state, the government said on Tuesday, as the nation's mourning period ended.

* Supplies of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine were steady on Tuesday morning, operator data showed, while deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline remain at zero.

* The Biden administration on Tuesday named a team of senior advisers to oversee 52.7 billion USD in government funding to boost semiconductor manufacturing and research.

* Malaysia's exports surged 48.2 percent year on year to 141.33 billion ringgit (31.03 billion USD) in August, official data showed Tuesday.

* Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan signed a protocol to resolve their armed conflict on the border, the press service of Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security reported Tuesday.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for an immediate cessation of shelling in the area of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) during a telephone call with French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna on Monday.

* Ukraine's agricultural exports under a key grain deal reached 3.9 million tons, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority said Monday.

* India said on Tuesday it would keep supporting Sri Lanka, mainly through long-term investments, after giving nearly 4 billion USD of financial help this year as its neighbour faced its worst economic crisis in more than seven decades.

* U.S. stocks climbed on Monday as Wall Street awaited a key decision by the Federal Reserve.

* Technical staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday approved the second review of the organization's debt relief agreement with Argentina, paving the way for the South American country to access some 3.9 billion USD in the coming weeks, the IMF said.

* With energy prices through the roof, inflation in Germany could exceed 10 percent this year with the economy heading into recession, the country's central bank (Bundesbank) said in a report on Monday.

* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said inflation is not an "insurmountable economic threat," adding it will begin to fall at the end of the year after it surged to more than 80% in August.

* Nepal sold electricity worth over 56 million USD to India in nearly four months, as power is emerging as a key export item of the Himalayan country.

* Iranian officials told a Lebanese technical delegation visiting Tehran on Tuesday that Iran could offer Lebanon 600,000 tonnes of fuel over five months to help ease its power shortages, Lebanese TV station Al-Manar reported.

* The Iranian Oil Ministry said on Monday the country will soon purchase 9 million cubic meters per day of gas from Russia through Azerbaijan, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

* Israel announced Monday it will start to produce natural gas from a disputed Mediterranean maritime field "as soon as possible," despite U.S.-brokered border demarcation talks between Israel and Lebanon.

* Sweden's central bank Riksbank announced its sharpest policy rate hike in nearly three decades on Tuesday, raising it by 100 basis points to 1.75 percent to curb soaring inflation.

* Nigeria's total public debt rose 3% to 103.3 billion USD in the second quarter of this year, largely driven by local borrowing to finance the budget deficit, the Debt Management Office (DMO)said.

* Forces in Ethiopia's Tigray region said troops from neighbouring Eritrea launched a "full-scale offensive" on Tuesday and that heavy fighting was ongoing in several areas along the border.

* Ghana's economy expanded 4.8% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022, data from the country's statistics service showed on Tuesday.

* An outbreak of Ebola has been declared in Uganda after health authorities confirmed a case of the relatively rare Sudan strain, the health ministry and World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

* At least 21 people died in India's eastern state of Bihar in incidents of lightning amid rains over the past 24 hours, confirmed an official at the state's disaster management authority on Tuesday over the phone.

* At least nine people died on Monday of infectious and water-borne diseases that have attacked tens of thousands of people in flood-hit Pakistan, government data showed, taking the toll from such causes to 318.

* The people of the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu have been advised to prepare in advance for any adverse impacts of La Nina.

* Turkish police detained 10 Islamic State (IS) suspects in security operations on Tuesday covering four provinces, the state-run TRT TV reported.

* France detected an increase of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases in coastal birds since mid-May, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food said on Monday.

* Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission on Monday presented a proposal that aims to guarantee the functioning of the European Union's (EU) single market in case of future crises.

* A 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook west-central Mexico on Monday, causing some structural damage on the anniversary of two previous major earthquakes in 1985 and 2017.

* An estimated 1.3 million homes and businesses remain without power in Puerto Rico Tuesday morning after Hurricane Fiona slammed into the island on Sunday, causing an island-wide power outage for its 3.3 million people.

VNA, Reuters, Xinhua