World News in Brief: August 25

Sunday, 2019-08-25 17:08:21
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Typhoon Bailu made landfall in east China's Fujian Province Sunday (August 25), local authorities said. With a maximum wind force of 90 km/h, Bailu, the 11th typhoon this year, made landfall in Dongshan County at 7:25 a.m.

* Security, trade tensions, fighting inequalities and climate challenges will be key issues of the three-day G7 summit that will start on Saturday (August 24) evening in Biarritz, in southern France, President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised speech.

* The first China-Japan-ROK Entrepreneur Summit held on Saturday has attracted more than 240 entrepreneurs from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to promote cooperation in the 5G industry. As a key event of the ongoing 12th China-Northeast Asia Expo held in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, the summit focused on the opportunities in the 5G era for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

* Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that the Amazon rainforest now "is not burning as people say," in a bid to assuage global concerns over raging fire in the region.

* Brexit Britain will have a major trade deal with the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump told Boris Johnson on Sunday, adding that the new British prime minister was the right man to take his country out of the European Union.

* Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a special gazette notice, calling upon the country's armed forces to maintain public order across the country hours after he ended a four-month state of emergency, local media reports said in Colombo on August 25.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday urged for national unity as a key factor to withstand U.S. sanction pressures on the country, state TV reported.

* Trade deals and the reform of WTO are better than trade wars. Trade wars will lead to recession, while trade deals will boost economy, said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, on Saturday. He called for putting a stop to trade wars.

* Turkey has launched a new military operation dubbed Operation Claw-3 in northern Iraq against rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who have base camps there, Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

* The United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said late on Saturday that "the Saudi-UAE coalition is a strategic necessity in light of the surrounding challenges, and Yemen is a clear example."

* Israel's army said on Saturday that its air force has struck Iranian sites in Syria to foil an Iranian drone attack on Israel.

* The Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles over the capital Damascus on Saturday night, the Syrian army said in a statement carried by the state TV.

* Israel and the Islamist group Hamas have no desire to go to war despite an uptick in violence, the Qatari envoy who helped mediate a truce between the sides along the volatile Gaza border, said on Saturday.

* The Sudanese Health Ministry said on Saturday that 60 people have been killed and 101 others wounded because of rains and floods across the country.

* At least eight people were killed and 18 others injured when a passenger bus veered off the road and fell into a ditch in Bangladesh's central Faridpur district on Saturday, a police official said.

* Sudan needs US$8 billion in foreign aid over the next two years to cover its import bill and help rebuild its ravaged economy after months of political turmoil, its new prime minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday.