World News Briefs — September 15, 2020


US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara to the White House on September 15, 2020

AFP: Trump says peace deals close between Israel and ‘five or six’ other countriesUS President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “five or six” more Arab countries were poised to agree to normalize relations with Israel, in line with the landmark accords struck between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“We’re very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries,” Trump said as he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, ahead of a signing ceremony with both Arab states for the US-brokered peace deal.

“We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly, we’re already talking to them,” Trump said.

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MIDDLE EAST

Trump hails ‘dawn of new Middle East’ with UAE-Bahrain-Israel deals.Trump threatens to retaliate with ‘1,000 times greater’ force against any Iran attack.

Iran warns US against ‘strategic mistake’ after Trump’s threat.

Iran: Gov’t distances itself from execution of wrestler Afkari.

Alleged Israeli airstrike near Aleppo reportedly damaged Syrian missile production facility.

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria’s war grinds on.

UN warns of Yemen famine; no aid from Saudis, UAE, Kuwait.

Qatar rules out normalising relations with Israel.

Four Lebanese soldiers and militant killed in army raid, says military source.

Attacks on Kurdish seasonal workers in Turkey highlight continued racism.

Two wounded in Israel after rockets fired from Gaza.

UN slams Saudi Arabia in rare rebuke.

ASIA

Asian economies to shrink for first time in 60 years.India-China border: stand-off continues in Chushul, where ‘mountains eat up men’.

Beijing denies reports of Chinese troops laying cables at border with India.

China invites EU leaders to ‘see real situation in Xinjiang’ amid claims of Uygur detention and abuse.

US Secretary of State says ‘tide has turned’ and the world increasingly regards China as a threat.

US follows Australia and United Kingdom, issuing updated travel warning to citizens about travel to China.

China-US relations: Xi rejected Trump’s offers of help in early days of coronavirus outbreak, says Woodward .

Coronavirus: Chinese vaccine ready for use in November, top scientist says.

U.S. calls on North Korea to fulfill Singapore joint statement.

Australian police accessed Chinese diplomats’ emails and messages as part of foreign political interference investigation .

Kim Jong Un hails troops as ‘miracle’ makers after North Korea typhoons.

As Indonesia’s COVID-19 deaths continue to climb, economic recovery remains the focus.

South Korea’s soaring suicide, self-harm rates pinned on pandemic.

New name for New Zealand? Maori party wants change.

AFRICA

Mali’s junta and opposition on diverging paths.West African leaders press Mali’s junta over transition to civilian rule.

COVID-19 in Africa: Milder-than-expected pandemic has experts puzzled.

U.N. chief to appoint special envoy to broker peace in Libya.

Two dozen migrants feared drowned off Libya’s coast.

Ivory Coast court clears President Ouattara’s contentious third-term bid.

IMF calls for transparency in DRCongo mining contracts.

Mozambique: Army to investigate ‘horrific killing’ video.

Egypt cuts highways across pyramids plateau, alarming conservationists.

‘Heaviest rains in 100 years’ affect 500,000 in Ethiopia.

EUROPE

Coronavirus: Europe death rate set for autumn rise, warns WHO.Brexit: Johnson seeks to calm MPs before next showdown over bill.

Belarus mass arrests fail to stop protests.

EU calls for U.N. monitoring of Belarus rights abuses: document.

EU: ‘We don’t recognise Lukashenko as legitimate president’.

Entire Irish cabinet self-isolates and Parliament is suspended after the country’s health minister fell ill with coronavirus symptoms.

East Med crisis: Greece says ready for talks with Turkey.

Germany to take in some 1,500 migrants from Greece.

Greece arrests five over Lesbos migrant camp blaze.

‘Hi, this is Navalny’: poisoned Russian opposition leader posts hospital photo.

AMERICAS

Coronavirus cases across the United States decline for eight straight weeks as deaths continue to drop for a month.Trump ramps up ad spending in bid to counter Biden.

Fed begins meeting as Congress pushes for new US stimulus.

Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up. West coast cities face the world’s worst air quality as wildfires rage.

Crime fell as coronavirus swept US: FBI.

US backs off Canadian aluminium tariffs.

Family of US police shooting victim settles civil case for $12mn.

Haiti capital Port au Prince brought to standstill by protesting police.

Colombian ex-Farc rebels ‘ashamed’ of kidnappings.

Canada not ruling out lockdown amid COVID-19 surge but eyes ‘surgical approach’.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pompeo says fewer than 200 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan today.Burkina’s victims of jihadist violence find welcome at free health clinic.

‘Smutty’ secrets on Osama bin Laden’s hard drives uncovered in new documentary.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Stocks give up part of an early gain but still end higher. Apple bundles TV, music, news and more in services push.

Like OPEC, IEA cuts oil demand forecast by 300K barrels per day.

WTO rules Trump tariffs on Chinese goods illegal. WTO says Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods violate global trade rules.

Pepsi to introduce new beverage to relax drinkers, induce sleep.

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