World News in Brief: August 27

Tuesday, 2019-08-27 16:09:06
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Brazil on Monday (August 26) turned down aid from the Group of Seven (G7) member states to fight the ongoing devastating wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. The countries made the US$20-million aid offer at the G7 summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in the French seaside resort of Biarritz. Macron proposed that the member countries take part in fighting the fire.

* China's goods trade has posted robust growth in the past seven decades thanks to the country's reform and opening-up efforts. Goods trade volume stood at only US$1.13 billion in 1950, while the number surged to US$4.6 trillion in 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday (August 27) in a report.

* US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit of the Group of Seven in 2020. The US takes over the rotating presidency of G7 in 2020. Trump said the next summit might be in Miami, Florida.

* Moscow expects the Group of Seven (G7) member countries to be reasonable in the matter of restoring relations with Russia, the Kremlin has said.

* European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak on the phone on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Juncker said.

* Talks between Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) to form a new coalition government are at risk of failure over who should became the next interior minister, a PD spokesman said on Tuesday.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to "calm down" after he warned Israel that his movement was preparing an imminent response to the crash of two Israeli drones in a Beirut suburb.

* Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the accident at a naval testing site near Severodvinsk is not related to nuclear tests, and did not fall into the scope of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

* Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff.

* Romania's governing coalition broke down on Monday, as the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats decided to withdraw from the two-party coalition led by the Social Democratic Party. According to alliance leader Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the standing delegation of the alliance on Monday voted to exit the coalition government.

* A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday following a failed attempt.

* Part of the Munich airport was evacuated on Tuesday as a man entered the terminal presumably without a security check, police said.

* The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a joint statement with its counterpart of Saudi Arabia on Monday, reaffirming the continuation of efforts to help the Yemeni people.

* Libya's east-based army said on Sunday that 12 troops of the rival UN-backed government were killed and more than 20 others injured in violent clashes near the city of Gharyan, some 80 km south of the capital Tripoli.