World News in Brief: August 7
daitranvan 7-08-2022, 16:12
World News in Brief: August 7

Japan marked the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of its western city of Hiroshima on Saturday. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres joined the thousands packed into the Peace Park in the centre of the city to mark the anniversary of the bombing that killed 1,40,000 before the end of 1945.   

A fuel storage tank at a supertanker port near the port of Matanzas in Cuba exploded Saturday morning following a blaze, which has left at least 17 people missing and 67 injured, according to the Cuban presidency.

* China has shortened the suspension time for inbound international flights on routes found to have COVID-19 cases starting on Aug. 7.

* India's federal health ministry on Saturday wrote to seven states asking them to ensure adequate testing, promote COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and increase the pace of vaccination to contain the ongoing increase in cases.

* Cambodia and Pakistan on Saturday vowed to further promote bilateral relations for benefits of the two countries and peoples, a Cambodian spokesman said.

* The Italian Green leftist federation on Saturday agreed to join an electoral alliance led by the Democratic Party (PD), in a move seen as strengthening the centre-left ahead of an election next month.

* The U.S. Senate on Saturday began debating a Democratic bill to address key elements of President Joe Biden's agenda - tackling climate change, lowering the costs of medication for the elderly and energy, while forcing corporations and the wealthy to pay more taxes.

* Four ships carrying Ukrainian foodstuffs sailed from Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Sunday as part of a deal to unblock the country's sea exports, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said.

* Sudan summoned the Chadian ambassador to Sudan on Saturday to protest what it called a cross-border attack by Chadian armed groups that killed at least 18 Sudanese civilians, official SUNA news agency reported.

* At least 24 Palestinians have been killed and 215 injured as Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continued their exchange of fire for the second day.

* The only power plant in the Gaza Strip has been shut down because of fuel shortage, the Gaza-based energy authority announced Saturday, as Israel has kept Gaza crossings closed.

* China's foreign trade of goods jumped 10.4 percent year on year to 23.6 trillion yuan (about 3.5 trillion USD) during the first seven months of the year, official data showed Sunday.

* Qatar's Central Bank foreign reserves and hard currency liquidity rose 2.79% year-on-year in July to 211.325 billion riyals (57.74 billion USD), the Gulf state's official news agency QNA reported on Sunday.

* Islamic state claimed responsibility for an attack which wounded 22 people in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Saturday, the group said on its Telegram channel.

* China reported 868 new coronavirus cases for Aug. 6, of which 390 were symptomatic and 478 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.

* Russia reported 20,303 new daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, authorities said, the highest such figure since March 28.

* India reported 18,738 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 44,145,732 in the country, according to federal health ministry data released on Sunday morning.

* Malaysia reported 4,684 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 4,705,824, according to the health ministry.

* Twelve people were killed in Croatia on Saturday when a Polish bus filled with religious pilgrims slipped off a road and crashed near Varazdin, authorities said.

* Two more confirmed cases of monkeypox have been detected in Cyprus, raising the total to three, the country's Health Ministry said on Saturday.