WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 10 August 2017

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WORLD BRIEF: Wang Wenli, the deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China’s Foreign Ministry, reportedly conveyed this information to an Indian media delegation on Wednesday, the newspaper said. She did not provide any evidence to back her claim, which has been strongly denied by Bhutan.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 10 August 2017

Bhutan rejects Beijing’s claim that Doklam belongs to China – report

Bhutan on Thursday rejected alleged Chinese Foreign Ministry claims in which Thimphu had reportedly said that the trilateral border standoff area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan’s territory, the Times of India said. A senior Chinese diplomat, Wang Wenli, had reportedly claimed that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory.

Wang Wenli, the deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China’s Foreign Ministry, reportedly conveyed this information to an Indian media delegation on Wednesday, the newspaper said. She did not provide any evidence to back her claim, which has been strongly denied by Bhutan. It said on June 29 that the construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is a violation of agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

Moscow hopes Astana peace talks on Syria will be held before late August

The terms for the next round of peace talks in Astana depend on the willingness of the government and the opposition, and there is still hope that it will be held before the end of August, TASS quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Thursday. It depends not just on the three underwriters – Russia, Iran and Turkey – but on the willingness of the Syrian government and the armed opposition “that joined our ceasefire agreements,” said Bogdanov, who is also the special presidential envoy for Middle East and African countries. It was too early to talk about any specific terms, he added. “I think [the terms] will be settled now during contacts with the Syrian parties, because they, most of all, should observe and implement the decisions taken.”

At least 27 people killed in anti-govt protests in Congo – HRW

At least 27 people, including three police officers, were killed in clashes between protesters and police in Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this week, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The majority of the deaths were in the capital, Kinshasa, where members of the separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo marched against President Joseph Kabila and attacked a prison on Monday. (Reuters)

Dutch arrest 2 suspects in investigation into tainted eggs

Dutch investigators have detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several countries. Dutch prosecutors said Thursday that the two men detained during a series of raids are directors of a company that allegedly used Fipronil in egg farms. Prosecutors said there is evidence that public health has been threatened by “the delivery or application of the biocide Fipronil in poultry houses in the egg sector.” The raids in the Netherlands were carried out as part of a joint action with Belgian authorities. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands. (AP)

Austria sees half as many asylum-seekers

Austria’s Interior Ministry says authorities have received 14,627 requests for asylum up to July of this year, only just over half as many as in the same period in 2016. It said Thursday that 2,137 Syrians asked for asylum last month, making them the largest group to do so. Afghan nationals comprised the second-largest group with 301 requests. Of asylum requests pending, in some cases for several years, 12,897 have been granted this year and 8,263 rejected, while various forms of humanitarian temporary residence permits were issued to 5,084 people. (AP)

Malaysia denies reports of offer for Chinese rocket launchers, radar

Malaysia’s armed forces said on Thursday they had received no offer from China to buy advanced rocket launchers and a radar system to be based at the southern tip of the Southeast Asian country, rebutting media reports. The denial followed reports that a Chinese delegation visiting Malaysia this week had proposed basing the military equipment in Johor, a Malaysian state bordering Singapore. “As far as the armed forces are concerned, there has been no such proposal,” a spokesman for the Malaysian Armed Forces said. According to the report, up to 12 units of the AR3 multiple-launch artillery rocket system (MLRS) were on offer in a purchase program with a loan period of 50 years. (Reuters)

700 migrants try to storm Spanish border post with Morocco

Spain says around 700 migrants have tried to storm the border crossing between Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco, but none managed to make it across. The Interior Ministry’s office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall barbed-wire fences around Ceuta after the early Thursday crossing attempt at the Tarajal post failed, but were again repelled by Moroccan and Spanish police. Spain and Morocco on Wednesday agreed to close the Tarajal post to freight traffic for a week because of recent migrant crossing attempts. Pedestrian and passenger vehicles were still allowed. Every year, thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants living illegally in Morocco try to scale the border fences surrounding Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave, in a bid to enter Europe. (AP)

Turkey says German lawmakers to visit air base in Konya on September 8

A delegation of German lawmakers, accompanied by a senior NATO official, will visit German soldiers serving at an air base in Turkey on September 8 as part of a NATO trip, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said details of the planned visit to the base in Konya, in the central Anatolian region, were still being discussed at NATO. A row over access to German soldiers at Turkish bases has heightened tensions between the NATO allies and fuelled a wider row. Ankara’s repeated refusals to allow lawmakers visit German soldiers at Turkey’s Incirlik air base prompted Berlin to relocate those troops to Jordan. (Reuters)

Israel moves ahead on underground wall around Gaza

Israel is pushing ahead with a project to build a giant underground wall around the Gaza Strip to block tunnels that could be used for attacks, the Israeli Army said on Thursday. The project comes after the government faced heavy criticism over Hamas’s use of tunnels in the 2014 Gaza war, with a state inquiry earlier this year accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and army top brass of being unprepared for the threat. “In the coming months, we are going to accelerate the construction of the barrier,” Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir said. “We hope that construction will be complete in two years.” Army radio reported that the wall, comprising concrete planks and sensors, will stretch some 64km. (AFP)

US destroyer challenges Beijing’s claims in S. China Sea – report

A US Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Thursday, within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, US officials told Reuters. The officials said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, in a challenge to China’s territorial claims. The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. (Reuters)

S. Korea urges North to stop all actions that are raising tensions on peninsula

Seoul urged North Korea on Thursday to stop all action that is driving up tension on the Korean Peninsula. The government also said it will seek all methods possible to resolving tensions with the cooperation of other countries. The remarks were made by presidential Blue House spokesman Park Su-hyun after the standing committee of the National Security Council held a regular meeting to discuss recent events. Earlier on Thursday, North Korea dismissed warnings by US President Donald Trump that it would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the US as a “load of nonsense” and outlined detailed plans on for a missile strike near the US Pacific territory of Guam. (Reuters)

Turkey: Detention warrants issued for 35 media employees

Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 35 journalists and media workers as part of the country’s ongoing crackdown on people suspected of ties to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Anadolu agency says police were on Thursday carrying out raids in Istanbul to detain the suspects who allegedly used an encrypted messaging app that authorities say was favored by Gulen’s followers to communicate with each other. Those detained so far include Burak Ekici, a journalist working for the opposition Birgun newspaper, Anadolu said. (AP)

17 Indonesians who escaped ISIS leave Syria – Kurdish officials

A group of 17 Indonesian nationals who had joined Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said. According to the official, Omar Alloush, the Indonesian nationals included men, women and children. They were handed over on Tuesday at a Syria-Iraq border crossing. They had been asking to be sent back home, he said. Spokeswoman Nisreen Abdullah from the Women’s Protection Units also confirmed the handover. (AP)



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