World News in Brief: September 15

Sunday, 2019-09-15 10:34:21
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday (September 14) said he was "horrified" by the "level of systematic devastation" in Abaco, the Bahamas, by Hurricane Dorian, and reiterated his call for greater climate action, according to the press office of the secretary-general.

* US President Donald Trump on Saturday said a mutual defense treaty with Israel is under consideration, which would strengthen US defense ties with the Middle East country.

* Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen announced on Saturday the launching of a probe into the drone attacks against oil facilities in the east of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Interior Minister announced that drone attacks caused fires at two oil facilities of Saudi petroleum company Aramco. The attacks hit the two sites in Abqaiq and Khurais areas.

* Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak discussed through phone the ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in economic and energy fields, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

* David Cameron, former British prime minister finally broke his silence Friday and admitted that the 2016 Brexit referendum result made him depressed. In an in-depth interview on Friday with British newspaper The Times, Cameron said he recognized some people will never forgive him for holding a referendum, but he thinks a referendum was "inevitable."

* The finance ministers of members of the European Union on Saturday discussed options of changing the EU energy legislation to adapt to the climate change combat.

* US President Donald Trump confirmed on Saturday morning the death of Osama bin Laden's son in a US counterterrorism operation. Hamza bin Laden, also a high-ranking al-Qaeda member, "was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region," said the White House in a statement.

* African leaders and special envoys from developing countries on Saturday joined Zimbabweans in paying tribute to the late former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week at the age of 95.

* The African Union (AU) on Saturday urged African countries and pan African institutions to exert concerted efforts towards tackling post-harvest food loss and waste in Africa so as to ensure the continent's food security.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he will discuss buying US Patriot missiles with US President Donald Trump this month, despite statements that the US offer is not on the table anymore, local media reported Saturday.

* Forty-one Taliban militants had surrendered to the Afghan government security forces in northern Takhar province, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. About 150 Taliban and Islamic State militants surrendered to the government in eastern Kunar province earlier this month.

* Egypt sent aid shipments to Juba as part of its efforts to support the implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

* At least 70,000 security agents will be deployed in different parts of the country to ensure the smooth vote for the early presidential election to be held on Sunday, announced the country's Interior Ministry on Saturday.

Xinhua