World News Briefs — August 17, 2020

NPR: Belarus Factory Workers Walk Out, Joining Mass Protests Calling For President To Quit

The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, vowed Monday to cling tightly to power as many factory workers walked off their jobs and joined with hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters demanding his immediate resignation.

Lukashenko, who had flown by helicopter to a factory in Minsk in hopes of rallying support, was instead met with chants of “Leave!”

Speaking to workers, he vowed to “never cave in to pressure.”

“The government will never collapse,” he said, adding that he had no intention of stepping down. “There will be no new election until you kill me.”

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MIDDLE EAST

Calls made between Israel and UAE for first time, Islamic neighbours outraged.

Iranian military commander: ‘Tehran’s approach to the UAE will change’.

Trump promises ‘snapback’ to force return of UN Iran sanctions.

11 Yemen soldiers killed in clashes and rebel attack.

Lebanese customs chief arrested over Beirut blast that killed at least 180 people.

Lebanon judge to open inquiry into deadly Beirut explosions.

Israeli tanks attack Hamas targets in Gaza Strip. Israel conducts airstrikes in Gaza after intercepting Hamas missile fire.

Kushner: US will not approve Israeli annexations for ‘some time’.

ASIA

Australia reports most COVID deaths; New Zealand delays election.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Tibet to ‘send message to India’ over border dispute.

China-Japan relations: end of summer fishing ban risks further tensions over disputed islands.

Japan’s GDP shrinks at record 27.8% in Q2 amid pandemic.

Biggest Thai protest in years puts pressure on Government.

France asks Afghans not to free Taliban convicted of killing French citizens.

North Korea quiet as U.S., South Korea exercises to resume.

South Korea church coronavirus cluster causes alarm.

Coronavirus: South Korea confirms second wave of infections.

New Zealand delays general election after coronavirus return.

AFRICA

Somalia forces end rebel siege of Mogadishu hotel.

Clashes rage as Mozambique’s neighbours pledge support.

Regional leaders meet as Mozambique security crisis worsens.

Sudan protests mark one year since post-Bashir deal.

Turkish, Qatari and German ministers in Libya for talks with GNA. Germany’s Heiko Maas visits Libya on peace mission.

Burundi to demand €36 billion from Germany, Belgium for colonial rule: report.

Nigeria airports to reopen for international flights on August 29.

EUROPE

Belarus protests: Workers boo Lukashenko as election unrest spreads.

Lukashenko promises fresh elections in Belarus after new constitution is adopted via nationwide referendum.

EU leaders urged to tell Moscow not to meddle in Belarus.

Brexit: UK hopeful of EU trade deal next month, says No 10.

Europe clamps down on nightlife to regain grip on pandemic.

France records more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases for second day in a row.

Migrant arrivals to Italy soar by nearly 150 percent over the past year.

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos in United Arab Emirates, says Spanish palace.

AMERICAS

Unlike 2016, Democrats kick off their national convention unified — for now.

Trump administration approves oil drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge.

US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela.

US suspends private charter flights to Cuba.

Brazil indigenous protesters demand help against virus.

Colombia offers reward after eight young partygoers killed. ‘State of anarchy’ in southern Colombia as 13 killed in a week, governor says.

California may have just hit highest temperature ever recorded on earth.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

At least 16 killed in attack on beachside hotel in Somalia’s capital.

Mozambique: Jihadi militants making inroads.

DOJ seizes accounts with millions of dollars in cryptocurrency used by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/ECONOMY

Trump order gives TikTok’s owner 90 days to divest from U.S. assets.

US further tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to chips. US blacklists 38 Huawei affiliates as Pompeo calls on allies to take similar measures to protect ‘international stability’.

Google says Australia’s anti-trust law would put free search services ‘at risk’.

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