World News in Brief: August 21

Wednesday, 2019-08-21 10:32:50
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday (August 20) remitted his mandate in the hands of the president, officially putting an end to his populist government after only 14 months in office, and, opening the way to a phase of political talks among parties.

* Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, on Tuesday called for reason and restraint amid infighting around the Yemeni port city of Aden. He stressed a political solution is the only way out for Yemen, adding all parties in the country should resolve the issue through political means.

* The US test of a missile previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty proves that Washington -- not Moscow -- is responsible for burying this landmark document, the Kremlin said Tuesday. The INF Treaty, which had banned land-based missiles with a range of 500 km (310 miles) to 5,500 km (3,410 miles), ceased to operate on Aug. 2 after the United States and Russia accused each other of violating it.

* Power failures left "several zones" of Venezuela's capital Caracas and the central state of Miranda without electricity on Tuesday, the National Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec) said. Corpoelec technicians were working to restore service, the company said via Twitter.

* The Spanish government confirmed on Tuesday that it will send a naval vessel to collect around 100 immigrants who remain on the Spanish flagged rescue ship "Open Arms" off the coast of Italy.

* A boat full of migrants was escorted into Larnaca port in south Cyprus on Tuesday. This is the first one to arrive in Cyprus after several months.

* The combined forces of the Republic of Korea and the United States ended their weekslong joint annual military exercises on Tuesday as scheduled, according to local media reports.

* Some 13,200 policemen and gendarmes will be deployed in the city of Biarritz in southern France where the G7 summit will be held from August 24 to 26, said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday.

* British ministers and officials will boycott most European Union (EU) meetings from Sept. 1, the British government announced in London Tuesday.

* Widening cooperation between the five Nordic countries and Germany was highlighted in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Tuesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was invited to join a regular meeting of the five Nordic prime ministers.

* A total of 1,600 police officers are engaging in a massive control throughout the territory to identify and prevent drug cultivation, the Albanian State Police said in a press release on Tuesday.

* An Afghan delegation of political leaders, parliamentarians, retired army officers, members of civilian society and journalists arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday for four-day Track-II dialogue to explore ways for bringing people of the two countries closer, organizers said.

* Yemen's Houthi rebels said they shot down a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle over the Yemeni central province of Dhamar on Tuesday night, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported. There were no immediate comments from the United States or its ally Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a military coalition against Iran-allied Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen for over four years.

* Turkey warned on Tuesday the Syrian government "not to play with fire," a day after a Turkish military convoy was attacked by an airstrike in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.

* At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, said military sources on Tuesday.

* Seven people have died and 24 are missing after heavy downpours on Tuesday battered Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Wednesday.

* Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Tuesday approved the formation of a joint sovereign council of 11 members, TMC's spokesman Shams-Eddin Kabashi announced. The announcement came a day after the trial of Omar al-Bashir, the former Sudanese president, who faces corruption charges.