World News in Brief: September 22

Sunday, 2019-09-22 13:09:03
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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern Maluku province earlier Sunday (September 22) but there was no tsunami alert issued, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

* At least 26 passengers were killed and 16 others injured when a passenger van rammed into a hill in Pakistan's northern Chilas district on Sunday morning, local media reported.

* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to fly to New York on Sunday for the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, and he is expected to use the visit for an informal Brexit summit.

* French police had arrested 137 individuals in Paris by 16:00 local time (1400 GMT), as "Yellow Vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron's fiscal policy hit streets again on Saturday (September 21).

* As many as 22 potential candidates have shown their will to run for the presidential election on December 12 in Algeria, the Independent Election Monitoring Authority said Saturday (September 21).

* Iran on Saturday displayed the debris of recently downed U.S. and British drones by its air defense system. During the exhibition on Saturday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Hossein Salami said Iran will never allow a war on its soil.

* China has launched a five-year action plan to establish world-leading sci-tech journals, according to the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).

* Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday that the results of the international probe into the attack on oil plants to be announced soon.

* Speaking in Istanbul before leaving for New York for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that "all preparations have been completed along Turkey's borderline" for establishing a safe zone in the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

* The deadline to contact India's second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2's Lander Vikram, which had a 14-day mission life will end on Saturday even as the country is making last efforts to revive the contact. Lander Vikram had lost communication with the ground station at an altitude of 2.1 km from the lunar surface on September 7.

* A total of 18 people were killed and dozens injured in violent clashes in Tripoli on Saturday between Libya's UN-backed government forces and the east-based rebel army, according to military sources of both sides. A military source of the government forces said that 11 of their troops were killed and dozens injured in the south of the capital.

* Afghan government forces after days of fierce fighting have recaptured Jaghatu district in eastern Ghazni province, forcing militants to flee, said an army statement released in Ghazni on September 22. Taliban militants who captured Jaghatu district almost two years ago are yet to make comment on the situation.

* Hundreds of volunteers cleaned the beaches and seawater out of debris mainly consisted of plastic, while the city of Tel Aviv held its annual sea festival.

Xinhua