World News in Brief: September 8

Saturday, 2018-09-08 13:47:50
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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan on September 7 met with the First Vice President of Cuba Salvador Valdes Mesa in Beijing, calling on both sides to contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry on September 7 reiterated that it is important and urgent to eradicate terrorism in Syria and that Russia is doing its best to minimize human losses.

* China's envoy to the United Nations (UN) Ma Zhaoxu on September 7 called on all parties of the Syrian conflict to step up diplomatic efforts, address issues through dialogue, and facilitate de-escalation in the war-torn country.

* India and the United States signed a security pact at a bilateral dialogue which is said to be the highest engagement after the summit-level interaction between the two countries, reports said.

* US President Donald Trump said on September 7 that he is expecting a "positive" letter from the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un.

* After talks between Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and European Union (EU) Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Vienna on September 7 afternoon, Kurz's office said that the ongoing Brexit negotiations are now "90 percent" complete.

* US Defense Secretary James Mattis paid a surprise visit to Afghan capital Kabul on September 7 and in meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani assured Washington's long-term support to Afghanistan, said a statement of Presidential Palace released in Kabul.

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States seek to boost defense ties as the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces met the US secretary of defense on September 7, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

* The Syrian army on September 7 night targeted positions of the al-Qaida-linked militants in the northern countryside of Hama Province in central Syria, according to the state TV.

* George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for lying to federal investigators during the Russia probe.

* Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on September 7 a new sanitation infrastructure that will help manage floodwaters in the country's second largest city of Beira in central region of the southeast African country, benefiting directly 250,000 people.

* Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who was stabbed in the abdomen at a campaign event on September 6, was flown to Sao Paulo for further medical treatment on September 7, his family said.

* Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina resigned Friday (September 7) evening from post to participate in the upcoming presidential election due to be held on November 7 following an order by the High Constitutional Court, the president said in an official statement to the nation.

* The Moroccan authorities have thwarted more than 54,000 illegal immigration attempts since the beginning of 2018, Morocco's official MAP news agency reported on September 7.

* Egyptian and US special forces on September 6 conducted a joint exercise with an aim to exchange expertise in combating terrorism, the Egyptian army said.