World News in Brief: August 7, 2018

Tuesday, 2018-08-07 03:28:34
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Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that ASEAN and China must push and quickly conclude the Code of Conduct in the East Sea for maritime stability so that the regional grouping can maintain its centrality.

* Chair of the UK House of Commons’ home affairs committee said more than six million UK employees could lose their jobs over the next ten years due to automation.

* Bahrain’s foreign ministry affirmed that it supports Saudi Arabia in the political dispute between the country and Canada and does not tolerate Ottawa’s intervention in Riyadh’s domestic affairs.

* Singapore has started scanning travellers’ eyes at some of its border checkpoints in a trial of expensive technology that could one day replace fingerprint verification.

* Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi discussed on Monday how to resolve Myanmar's ongoing crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority group.

* The Republic of Korea is seeking to install a vice-ministerial official in the inter-Korean liaison office to be established in the DPRK's border city of Kaesong, a move to bolster cross-border cooperation.

* The Republic of Korea's defence ministry has launched a preparatory team to disband its military intelligence unit tainted with its alleged political interference and create a new one.

* Indian carriers, which have placed large aircraft purchase orders, will require a whopping US$50 billion of financing to take the expected scheduled delivery of these planes over the next nearly 10 years.

* China has successfully developed and tested a cutting-edge hypersonic aircraft that rides its own shock waves, according to the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

* Peru’s environment ministry warned that in the first six months of the year, 23,000 hectares of Amazon tropical forest have been destroyed.

* US President Donald Trump continued to ramp up his onslaught against the media warning news outlets can also cause war.

* Israel’s defence ministry has released the first images of an underwater barrier which is being constructed at the coast near Palestine’s Gaza Strip.

* UK Prime Minister Theresa May is confident she can secure a good Brexit deal with the EU, according to her office, despite trade secretary Liam Fox saying the opposite earlier.

* The opportunity is huge for the United States and China to collaborate in clean energy innovation, energy experts said at a two-day event in Silicon Valley.

* 12 African migrant workers were killed in Foggia, southern Italy when a van transporting them crashed into a truck. In the meantime, at least two were killed in a road crash near Bologna airport when a tanker truck ploughed into a lorry.