World News in Brief: September 15

Saturday, 2018-09-15 08:00:37
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro held talks in Beijing on Friday (September 14), agreeing to promote bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level.

* The European Union will not consider lifting its sanctions on Russia until the implementation of Minsk agreements, however, the EU's dialogue with Russia must be maintained, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Vilnius on September 14.

* The 18th meeting of the Morocco-Spain Standing Joint Migratory Group was held Friday in the southern Moroccan city of Essaouira to discuss means to tackle the growing flows of illegal migration through the Moroccan-Spanish route.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Friday insisted that it remains confident of Britain securing a future trading deal with the European Union, as London's national newspapers zoomed in on the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit.

* Austrian interior minister Herbert Kickl on September 14 called for checks to be conducted on ships carrying would-be asylum seekers in the Mediterranean Sea.

* Senior officials of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France agreed on Friday on the necessity of a political solution in the Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold for rebels, a Turkish presidential adviser said.

* Turkey will review and freeze the new government investment projects as part of efforts to keep budget balance and fight against double-digit inflation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on September 14.

* Romania will host the third Summit of the Three Seas Initiative on September 17-18, to validate the strategic guidelines that underlie the future development of the flexible policy platform, the Presidential Administration of Romania announced Friday.

* Nigeria's emergency agency has placed all disaster response units across the country on red alert due to rising water levels, an official said Friday.

* The Israeli army Friday struck two Hamas posts along the Gaza Strip in response to the "riots" taking place along the Israel-Gaza border fence, during which grenades and explosive devices were hurled at IDF troops, said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

* The G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting began in Argentinian coastal city Mar del Plata on September 14, with more than 35 member delegates taking part. The meeting will tackle ways to achieve a more inclusive trade system that contributes to fair and sustainable development.

* The Russian Central Bank on September 14 raised its key lending rate unchanged in six months by 0.25 percentage points to 7.5 percent on higher inflation expectations. It was the first rate hike since 2014 when a currency crisis broke out following Western sanctions.

* At least five people have been killed so far in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence which was downgraded Friday afternoon to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph (110 km/h) along the US East Coast.

* Swearing-in ceremony of Sudan's new government, “which was scheduled for Friday (September 14) at 8:00 p.m. (Sudan local time), has been postponed to Saturday (September 15) at 8:00 p.m.," Sudan's Presidency announced Friday.

* About eight police personnel were killed and 18 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern province of Samangan Thursday night, a local official said Friday.

* Rescuers have recovered 10 bodies and rescued 126 people after a passenger ferry caught fire and sank in waters off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on September 14, a government official said on September 15.

* Governor of US state of Texas on Friday issued a State Disaster Declaration for 78 counties impacted by severe weather and flooding as a tropical storm approaches the state.

Xinhua