World News in Brief: September 8

Sunday, 2019-09-08 10:12:08
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The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for an explosion at a public market in the southern Philippines that wounded at least seven people early on Saturday (September 7). The group issued a statement late on Saturday saying the motorcycle bombing had wounded seven Filipino Christians at a public market.

* The 3rd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue was held in Islamabad on Saturday, and the three sides stressed the need to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability amid the changing and complicated circumstances.

* Ukraine and Russia conducted an exchange of detainees on Saturday in a step towards easing tensions in east Ukraine's Donbass region and the thawing of bilateral ties.

* US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he canceled peace talks with Afghanistan's Taliban leaders after the insurgent group said it was behind an attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 other people.

* Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd resigned from the government and the ruling Conservative Party on Saturday in a protest over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the country's departure from the European Union.

* Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they had launched an attack on a "military target" in Saudi Khamis Mushait city on Saturday night, using multiple bomb-laden drones, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported. They said the attack came "in reaction to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and blockade."

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Saturday discussed with the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany about the Iranian nuclear file and ways to find peaceful solutions to avoid risks of tensions.

* Mexican authorities arrested 70 armed people in the southern state of Guerrero, the Ministry of Security and Civilian Protection said on Saturday.

* Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) presented its electoral programme on Saturday at a convention in the eastern city of Lublin, betting again on a pro-social package mixed with Catholic conservatism.

* The Syrian air defenses intercepted rebels' drone attack on army positions in central Syria, state news agency SANA said on Saturday. The army's defenses destroyed all three drones, which were all outfitted with weapons.

* China's lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 284.66 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct scientific exploration on the virgin territory. Both the lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe switched to its dormant mode for the lunar night on Friday (Beijing time), according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.

* India's second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2's Lander Vikram, lost communication with the ground station at an altitude of 2.1 kilometers from the Lunar surface, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan on Saturday.

* Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard got a new island of about 10 square kilometers, public broadcaster NRK reported Saturday. The island has been considered to be a peninsula for decades, but glacier melting during summer revealed something else, the report said.

* Saudi crown prince Mohamed bin Salman received a phone call from French president Emmanuel Macron on Saturday and they tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, state news agency SPA reported. The two leaders reiterated the strategic partnership between their countries and discussed efforts to achieve stability and security in the region.

* Thousands of people fled devastation in the Bahamas on Saturday as conditions grew increasingly desperate nearly a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall, reducing many homes to rubble and knocking out water and power. Aid groups rushed emergency help to the storm-ravaged islands, and officials warned a death toll of 43 was likely to spike higher as the number of missing among the archipelago nation's 400,000 residents becomes clear.

* Dorian slammed into Canada's Atlantic coast on Saturday, knocking down trees, cutting power, and blowing over a large construction crane in downtown Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The government will deploy the military to help with recovery efforts after the storm passes, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Twitter.