World News in Brief: September 14

Friday, 2018-09-14 09:55:17
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China's industrial output expanded 6.1 percent year on year in August, slightly higher than the 6-percent rise in the previous month, official data showed Friday (September 14).

* The United States has yet to be ready to unveil its Middle East peace plan, a long-awaited proposal that had already been rejected by the Palestinians, said the US State Department on September 13.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the Palestinian people are still committed to making just peace with Israel.

* Berlin and Rome have reached an agreement whereby the latter will take back asylum seekers who arrive in Germany after having previously been formally registered in Italy, German interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced on Thursday.

* Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on September 13 announced the formation of a new government of 21 federal ministries.

* The Slovenian new cabinet led by Prime Minister Marjan Sarec were sworn in following endorsement by the National Assembly on September 13 as Slovenia's 13th government since independence, the first minority cabinet to date.

* The interior ministers of European Union (EU) member states and southern European states signed an agreement on the expansion of police cooperation in the Western Balkans at a conference in Vienna on September 13.

* Austria plans to keep its border protection measures in place until effective protection of the European Union (EU) outer borders is implemented, interior affairs minister Herbert Kickl said on September 13.

* A conference for the interior ministers of the European Union (EU) as well as Southern European states was held in Vienna on Thursday (September 13), with asylum centers in the Western Balkans a key topic on Thursday's agenda.

* The European Union (EU) Delegation to Libya on September 13 said it is ready to hold accountable the violators of the UN-brokered ceasefire deal in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

* A two-day summit of the presidents of 13 European Union member states, who form the so-called Arraloios group, kicked off in Latvia on September 13. The presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia have discussions on the future of Europe on their agenda, the Latvian president's office said.

* The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on September 13 said that Hurricane Florence is likely to affect energy infrastructure throughout the southeastern region of the United States.

* The African Union (AU) and Turkey have signed framework cooperation agreement ahead of the 2nd International Turkey-Africa Economic and Business Forum to be held next month in Istanbul, Turkey.

* Egyptian and Pakistani naval forces conducted on Thursday drills in the Mediterranean Sea, official news agency MENA reported. "The drills meant to exchange expertise in order to promote maritime security and stability in the region," Egyptian armed forces said in a statement.

* The Tunisian navy rescued 25 illegal Tunisian immigrants attempting to reach the Italian coast, the defense ministry said Thursday.