World News in Brief: September 9

Sunday, 2018-09-09 15:06:37
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The People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, said CNY 532 billion (about US$77.8 billion) was injected into the market via the medium-term lending facility (MLF) last month to maintain liquidity in the banking system at a reasonable and ample level.

* India celebrated the "International Literacy Day" on September 8 to spread literacy and education among the masses, the poor, downtrodden and the destitute.

* Tens of Syrian refugees returned from Lebanon to their homeland Sunday (September 9) by bus under strict supervision of Lebanon's general security through Aboudiya crossing point, the National News Agency reported.

* A total of 35 people have been confirmed dead, two others in state of cardiopulmonary arrest and three remain missing in the wake of a powerful earthquake that rocked Hokkaido Prefecture in northern Japan days ago, local authorities said on September 8.

* Tianjin Airlines has changed to larger passenger aircraft on its Tokyo-Tianjin air route to evacuate Chinese passengers stranded at Japanese airports in wake of a typhoon and earthquake.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on September 8 underlined the potential for further cooperation.

* Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi highlighted on September 8 the importance of strategic relations with the United States. His remark came during a meeting with Chairman of the US Central Command Joseph Votel in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

* US Vice President Mike Pence denied involvement in discussions to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Donald Trump, according to his interview with CBS News to be aired in full Sunday.

* The Iraqi Ministry of Health said Saturday (September 8) that 15 people have been killed and 190 others wounded since violent protests against worsening living conditions broke out several days ago.

* Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves reached nearly US$33 billion by the end of August, central bank data showed on September 9.

* The Egyptian-US joint military exercise known as "the Bright Star" kicked off on Saturday at a military base in Egypt's seaside province of Alexandria, the Egyptian state TV reported.