World News in Brief: September 23

Monday, 2019-09-23 12:53:28
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The UN Secretariat, which runs the day-to-day operations of the gigantic world body, on Sunday (September 22) announced a plan to slash its own emissions by almost half by 2030.

* The European Union (EU) is "in no way responsible" for the consequences of Brexit, and the bloc should not be held accountable for what is a "British decision," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday urged the foreign forces to leave the Gulf region.

* Egyptian and French naval forces carried out joint maritime drills within Egypt's territorial waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Egyptian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Sunday.

* The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key partner of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, continued on Sunday to provide fuel for electricity stations to reduce power outages in the southern port city of Aden.

* Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began on Sunday consultations with all elected parties before he decides the person who will be tasked with forming Israel's next government amid post-election political stalemate.

* At least 16 people were injured when assailants lobbed a grenade at a police checkpoint in the northern Colombian department of North Santander, officials said on Sunday.

* Qatar and Turkey on Sunday discussed means to boost military and defense relations, the Qatari Ministry of Defense said.

* New Zealand government removed two kinds of taxes to support local companies for a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive development on Monday.

* The Finnish government and the EU have not in any way changed the policy on Brexit, since he visited France, said Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne on Sunday.

* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday accused the Western countries of preventing the return of Syrian refugees to their country, the state news agency SANA reported.

* Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States on Sunday declared support for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya's UN-backed government.

* Yemen's Houthi rebels said on Sunday that the Saudi-led coalition launched 27 airstrikes on Yemen over the past 24 hours, with no civilian casualties reported.

* Kuwait unveiled on Sunday a new development plan for 2020-2025 which will focus on the human resources.

* The eastern-based army of Libya on Sunday announced killing more than 90 members of the rival UN-backed government's forces in battles and airstrikes during the past two days.

Xinhua