World News in Brief: July 3

Sunday, 2022-07-03 16:59:13
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Malaysia reported 2,527 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 4,571,355, according to the health ministry. (Image for Illustration/Photo: Reuters)
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The chance of finding 27 crew members alive from a vessel that snapped in two as tropical storm Chaba passed through Hong Kong (China) and southern China is "very slim", the territory rescue authorities said on Sunday, as the search for those missing continued.

* China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Saturday upgraded its emergency response for flood and typhoon control to Level III, in light of possible floods triggered by the third and fourth typhoons of the year.

* India's annual monsoon covered the entire country on Saturday, six days earlier than usual, the state-run weather office said, but rain totals are 5% below average so far this season.

* The latest data released by the US Drought Monitor (USDM) showed that California remained mired in extreme drought conditions when the most populous state in the United States entered its tenth month of the 2022 water year.

* Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate southwest Sydney, Australia's biggest city, on Sunday with torrential rain and damaging winds pounding the east coast and floods expected to be worse than those that hit the region in the past year.

* Belarusian President Lukashenko said Ukraine tried to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory last week but all its missiles had been intercepted.

* Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Saturday evening said his country welcomes any role played by Iran in easing the tension between Syria and Turkey and achieving political progress.

* Israeli military observers have taken part in a drill in Morocco for the first time, Israel's Defence Ministry said on Saturday, describing the move as a mark of improved relations, which were upgraded in 2020.

* Ukraine has earned 22.2 billion USD from exporting grain and oilseeds in the 2021-2022 marketing year (MY), the state-run Ukrinform news agency reported Saturday.

* Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday welcomed the successful berthing of the first ship at the Lekki Deep Seaport, the country's first deep seaport under construction in Lagos, the country's economic hub.

* Russian gas producer Gazprom GAZP.MM said its supply of gas to Europe through Ukraine via the Sudzha entry point was seen at 42.15 million cubic metres (mcm) on Saturday compared with 42.1 mcm on Friday.

* The Jirga, or grand assembly of religious scholars and elders, on Saturday called for national support to the Taliban-run "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" and international recognition of the administration.

* French multinational hospitality company Accor has announced the Orient Express train linking Paris to Austria's capital Vienna will return in 2024, French news channel BFMTV reported Saturday.

* The Chinese mainland Saturday reported 75 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, 61 of which were in Anhui Province, the National Health Commission said Sunday.

* The Republic of Korea reported 10,059 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 18,389,611, the health authorities said Sunday.

* Two new cases of monkeypox were detected in Colombia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to five, local health authorities reported on Saturday. Globally, there have been more than 3,400 cases of monkeypox and one death since the outbreak began in May, according to a World Health Organization tally.

* Sixty-five flights were canceled on Saturday at Lisbon airport, causing long queues and thousands of passengers without accommodation and alternative solutions.

* One migrant was killed and several were injured on Saturday in a conflict between two migrant groups at the Serbian-Hungarian border, the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed in a press release.

* At least 19 passengers were killed and 12 others injured when a passenger bus fell into a ravine on Sunday near Sherani district of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, local media reported.