World News Briefs — July 15, 2020

Daily Mail: The dam that could start a war between Egypt and Ethiopia: Tensions rise as £3billion mega-project built by Chinese firms begins filling up – threatening to reduce the Nile to a trickle

* Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began construction in 2011 and is due to begin filling with water this month
* 500ft-high, 6,000ft-wide, £3billion construction project spans the Blue Nile, the Egyptian Nile’s main source
* Egypt bitterly opposes the project, which it calls an ‘existential threat’ and has hinted it could go to war over it
* Satellite images now appear to show lake behind the dam filling up, threatening to spark a war in east Africa

Rising 500ft out of the grasslands of eastern Ethiopia and spanning 6,000ft across the Blue Nile river, is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – Africa’s largest hydroelectric plant, which is pushing the region close to war.

It is a £3billion bet upon which Ethiopia has banked all its hopes for the future, but which could spell catastrophe for its downstream neighbour, Egypt, which relies on the river for 90 per cent of its fresh water.

Having strong-armed citizens, business and banks into investing in the project – which has also been supported by China – Ethiopia needs results.

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MIDDLE EAST

Oil tanker wanted by US is hijacked, now anchored near Iran: reports. Tanker sought by US over Iran sanctions was ‘hijacked’.

Bushehr port: Seven ships ablaze in latest Iran mystery fires. Seven ships damaged after fire breaks out at Iran’s Bushehr port.

UN aviation ruling could deny Iran hundreds of millions of dollars.

Iran death penalty verdict for young protesters sparks social media outrage. Iranians take social media by storm to halt executions.

Trump warns Iran against execution of three over protests.

Air strikes kill civilians in Yemen’s al-Jawf province.

Yemen: Decaying oil tanker in Red Sea threatens disaster.

ASIA

South China Sea tensions rise as militaries conduct regional drills.

US warns putting China on Law Of The Sea panel like ‘hiring an arsonist’.

Pompeo says China will ‘absolutely’ pay a price for pandemic.

China summons US ambassador Terry Branstad over recent American actions on Hong Kong.

China-India border dispute: military leaders meet again in bid to ease tensions.

Philippines: China should comply with sea feud ruling.

Hong Kong immigrant influx expected in Taiwan as China cracks down.

South Korean President Moon unveils ambitious ‘New Deal’.

Kim Jong Un, Mongolian president exchange messages on revolution’s anniversary.

AFRICA

US accuses Russian mercenaries of planting land mines in Libya.

UN condemns deadly violence in Sudan’s North Darfur.

River Nile dam: Reservoir filling up, Ethiopia confirms.

Ethiopia denies filling contested Nile dam.

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigns.

Zambian president denies funding Rwanda rebels.

Exclusive: Corruption allegations in Namibian 5G deal with Huawei.

EUROPE

Azerbaijan protesters demand war after Armenia clashes.

Belarus opens criminal case against 250 opposition protesters.

North Macedonia holds first election since changing its name.

French PM Castex details Covid-19 crisis response in speech to parliament.

Macron: Wearing masks ‘in enclosed public spaces’ to become mandatory in France.

Coronavirus: Ireland puts brakes on easing lockdown amid ‘real concern’.

Fuel spill in Russia taking a devastating toll on the Arctic.

AMERICAS

Trump administration takes control of COVID-19 data in US.

Public’s disconnect from COVID-19 reality worries experts.

US House panel votes to end 2001, 2002 war authorizations.

Portland protesters create own ‘autonomous zone’ by pitching tents, rebuilding barricades removed by police.

‘Kanye’s out’: Election strategist hired by rapper reveals he has dropped out of the presidential race – but bid WAS serious with 180 campaign staff hired to help him get on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina.

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalised for possible infection.

Dismantle criminal gangs running Amazon mines, UN tells Venezuela.

Suriname election: Convicted murderer Dési Bouterse is replaced by ex-police chief.

Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking for Epstein.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Malian accused of war crimes refuses to enter plea at ICC.

The Trump administration gave Iran and Hezbollah a high-value terrorist prisoner but seems to have got next to nothing in return.

Taliban attempts to cover up images posted by an Uzbek jihadist group in Afghanistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Huawei: China attacks UK’s ‘groundless’ ban of 5G kit.

EU, India move closer to free trade deal.

Apple, Ireland win appeal of EU’s demand for $15B in back taxes.

US announces sanctions on Huawei, citing human rights abuses.

Walmart will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks.

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