World News in Brief: August 7

Wednesday, 2019-08-07 15:17:52
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The Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un watched the demonstration fire of new-type tactical guided missiles at daybreak Tuesday (August 6), sending an adequate warning to the US- Republic of Korea joint military drill underway, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday (August 7).

* Zhao Kezhi, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, held talks with Lao Minister of Public Security Police Lt. Gen. Vilay Lakhamphong in Beijing on August 6, and both sides expressed the willingness to enhance law enforcement cooperation between the two countries.

* Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday strongly condemned a White House decision to freeze all Venezuelan state-owned assets in the United States. Cuba's president also expressed his solidarity for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.

* India and Pakistan should refrain from taking actions that will unilaterally change the status quo and escalate tensions in Kashmir, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday when responding to a relevant question.

* One person was killed and eight others were injured in a fire at an ammunition depot near the town of Achinsk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, the Russian Investigative Committee said on August 6. It said the fire started on August 5 during the operations of loading and unloading ammunitions at the depot of a military unit.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged for implementation of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which, he said, stipulated Iranian rights of oil exports and free banking ties with the world, official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

* Egyptian and French naval forces carried out on Tuesday a maritime training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement. The drills saw the participation of French frigate Jean Bart and Egyptian frigate Damietta, the statement said.

* Two Russian long-range Tu-142 anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet naval aviation have performed a planned patrol flight in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

* Iran's armed forces on Tuesday unveiled two home-made precision-guided smart bombs and a missile, Press TV reported. The bombs named "Yasin" and "Balaban" and a new series of the "Ghaem" missiles were unveiled during a ceremony in the presence of Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami.

* The Sri Lankan government will begin a passenger boat service on its waterways in capital Colombo later this month in order to ease traffic congestion as well as attract tourists, local media reports said Tuesday.

* Libyan navy on Tuesday said that 122 illegal immigrants have been rescued during the past three days off the country's western coast. The rescued immigrants are of different African, Asian and Arab nationalities, and they include women and children.

* Russia on Tuesday successfully launched a military satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

* India's second moon mission, or Chandrayaan-2, successfully completed its fifth and final earth-bound orbit and is on its journey towards the moon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday. The mission was launched on July 22.

* An Israeli settlement watchdog said on Tuesday that Israel has approved plans for 2,304 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.

* The Ukrainian Defense Industry, a state concern of arms production, received UAH37.6 billion (US$1.47 billion) of net income from its products sales last year, the conglomerate said in a statement published on Tuesday.

Xinhua, Reuters