World News in Brief: August 8

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 04:09:29
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Within the framework of the 30th Diplomatic Conference and the 19th National Foreign Affairs Conference, in Hanoi, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Consular Department held a conference on Overseas Vietnamese affairs and Vietnamese citizens. The conference also evaluated the results achieved since the 29th Diplomatic Conference and the directions for the 2018-2020 period.

* The National Committee of Cambodia (NEC) has announced the end of the verification of the results of the 6th National Assembly held on 29 July 2018. According to the NEC, through the inspection and verification, no errors were found related to the results of the election.

* Cameroon’s electoral council has retained nine candidates for the country’s Presidential elections scheduled for October 7, 2018. Of these, there is 85 year-old Paul Biya, Cameroon's president, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

* On August 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his ruling party to study whether to introduce daylight saving time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as a way to deal with Japan's intense summer heat.

* Around 7,000 foreign tourists had been evacuated from Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno islands in Indonesia as of August 7, after a recent 7-magnitude earthquake struck the nearby tourist island of Lombok. The Indonesian government has deployed more ships, buses and aircraft to support the evacuation of tourists from Lombok to Bali.

* The Indian media reported that the armies of India and Thailand have begun a two week-long military exercise with a focus on enhancing anti-terror cooperation between the two sides.

* The government of the Republic of Korea will temporarily cut the electricity rates for households for July and August amid a heat wave that has scorched the nation for weeks, the energy minister said on August 7.

* The Italian government said that 145 people including 11 military police officers were injured in Monday's fatal accident on a highway in Bologna on August 6.

* Businesses in Thailand’s south-western Petchaburi province blocked their doors with sandbags and bricks against possible flooding on August 7 as heavy rains threatened to cause a dam to overflow.

* European companies can be protected from new U.S. sanctions on Iran, a junior British foreign minister said on August 7, after President Donald Trump withdrew from an international agreement designed to deny Tehran the ability to build nuclear weapons.

* The Arab League (AL) has welcomed a final cease-fire and power-sharing agreement inked between the rival parties in South Sudan.

* The Department of Defence of the US is banning deployed personnel from using fitness trackers, smartphones and potentially even dating apps that use geo-locating features which could reveal the user's location.

* Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the last three days, making it the largest in the state's history.

Reuters, Xinhua