World News Roundup: Chinese #MeToo plaintiff heads back to court for what could be last time; Guinea junta starts transitional government talks following coup and more
But a deputy head of the bloc's executive Commission, Maros Sefcovic, last week promised "creative and solid new solutions" under the current deal. Taliban deny their deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar, is dead The Taliban have denied that one of their top leaders has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumours about internal splits in the movement nearly a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul.
Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Chinese #MeToo plaintiff heads back to court for what could be last time
The plaintiff in a high-profile Chinese #MeToo case headed into a second closed-door hearing in Beijing on Tuesday in what she said could be her last time in court in her lawsuit against a prominent state TV host. Prior to entering the court, which was surrounded by dozens of uniformed police and other unidentified plain-clothes security personnel, an emotional Zhou Xiaoxuan clutched a bouquet of flowers as she thanked supporters.
Guinea junta starts transitional government talks following coup
The junta that ousted Guinea's President Alpha Conde last week has started a week-long consultation with political, religious, and business leaders that it says will lead to the formation of a transitional government. The dialogue, which began with a meeting with leaders of the main political parties on Tuesday, is expected to lay out the framework of a promised government of national unity that would lead Guinea back to constitutional order.
Norway coalition talks start, with climate and oil in focus
Norway's Labour Party began coalition talks with other members of the center-left bloc on Tuesday seeking to form a government after their parliamentary election victory, with the focus on climate change and oil. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere must address voters' concerns over global warming and a widening wealth gap while ensuring any transition away from oil production - and the jobs it creates - is gradual.
Syria violence worsening, not safe for refugee return, UN investigators say
Syria is still unsafe for the return of refugees a decade after its conflict began, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Tuesday, documenting worsening violence and rights violations including arbitrary detention by government forces. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the overall situation was increasingly bleak, noting hostilities in several areas of the fractured country, its collapsing economy, drying riverbeds and increased attacks by Islamic State militants.
Russia's Vladimir Putin self-isolates after COVID-19 found in entourage
Russian President Vladimir Putin is self-isolating as a precaution after several members of his entourage fell ill with COVID-19, but is "absolutely" healthy and does not have the disease himself, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin, 68, will therefore not travel to Tajikistan this week for planned regional security meetings expected to focus on Afghanistan but will take part in a video conference instead.
U.S. envoy says no hostile intent towards North Korea; meets Asian allies
The United States has no hostile intent towards North Korea and hopes it responds positively to offers for talks on its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday as he met Asian allies. The meeting between top officials of the United States, Japan, and South Korea on ways to end a standoff with North Korea over is nuclear ambitions came a day after it said it had tested a new long-range cruise missile.
Over 50s to get booster shot as UK says COVID vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives
COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 112,000 lives and averted 24 million cases of the disease, British officials said on Tuesday as they recommended all vulnerable people, frontline health staff, and those aged over 50 be offered a booster shot. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's recommendation of a third dose six months after a second shot paves the way for a broad revaccination program in Britain, which has one of the world's highest death tolls from COVID-19.
The family of the only survivor of an Italian cable car disaster, a six-year-old boy, petitioned a Tel Aviv court on Tuesday for his return after his grandfather took him to Israel in a suspected kidnapping, an Israeli TV channel said. Eitan Biran's parents, younger brother and 11 other people all died in the crash in northern Italy in May.
EU to outline Brexit trade solutions for N.Ireland this month -diplomats
The European Commission is expected to outline by the end of September plans that could ease the movement of goods from Britain to Northern Ireland in an effort to ease tensions resulting from Brexit, EU diplomats said. The EU rejected a UK demand to renegotiate the new trading position of the British province. But a deputy head of the bloc's executive Commission, Maros Sefcovic, last week promised "creative and solid new solutions" under the current deal.
Taliban deny their deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar, is dead
The Taliban have denied that one of their top leaders has been killed in a shootout with rivals, following rumors about internal splits in the movement nearly a month after its lightning victory over the Western-backed government in Kabul. Sulail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former head of the Taliban political office who was named deputy prime minister last week, issued a voice message rejecting claims he had been killed or injured in a clash.
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