Brussels, London Fail to Reach Progress in Brexit Talks on Financial Issues

The EU Parliament's press release says that Brussels and London failed to reach significant progress in talks, in particular on the issue of UK financial obligations to the bloc after withdrawal.

BRUSSELS -European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said on Monday that Brussels and London failed to reach significant progress in talks, in particular on the issue of UK financial obligations to the bloc after withdrawal, according to the EU Parliament's press release.

‘Stop War in Yemen, Fund 100% of Humanitarian aid,’ top UN Official Tells Saudis

Forsaking the UN’s customary diplomatic stance, a leading official has directly blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis, urging Riyadh to fund aid and stop the conflict, which has raged since 2015.

“Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent of the needs of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme told Reuters, during a visit to Ethiopia. “Either stop the war or fund the crisis. Option three is, do both of them.”

Merkel Vows to Prevent Turkey from Joining EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that she will block Turkey's membership talks with the European Union, signaling an apparent pivot from her previous position.

During a Sunday televised debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) rival Martin Schulz, the center-right leader shocked the audience with an unexpected pledge to discuss an end to Turkey's EU membership talks with fellow European leaders, if she returned for a fourth term in the upcoming German federal elections.

BRICS: Lasting Solution to Crisis in Syria Should Safeguard Sovereignty, Independence and Territorial Integrity of Syria

XIAMEN, China- BRICS leaders met on 4 September 2017 in Xiamen, China, at the Ninth BRICS Summit. They discussed international and regional issues of common concern and adopted the Xiamen Declaration by consensus.

According to the declaration, the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China- South Africa) called upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism including countering radicalisation and blocking terror financing sources.

They  reiterated that the only lasting solution to the crisis in Syria is through an inclusive “Syrian-led, Syrian-owned” political process which safeguards the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, in pursuance of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254(2015), and promotes the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.  

They strongly voiced support for the Geneva Peace Talks and the Astana process and for creation of the de-escalation areas in Syria, which contributed to decrease the levels of violence and generate positive momentum and conditions for meaningful progress in the peace talks under the auspices of the UN.

The leaders expressed their opposition of the use of chemical weapons by anyone, for any purpose and under any circumstance.

DPRK Conducts Successful H-bomb Test

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)  says it has conducted a successful hydrogen bomb test, hours after two tremors were detected in the country.

 The DPRK's state television said on Sunday that, “The hydrogen bomb test was a perfect success,” adding that the device was capable of being loaded onto long-range missiles.

According to Press TV, the newsreader on the official Korean Central Television said the test had been of a bomb with “unprecedentedly large power,” and that it “marked a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force.”

By Conducting Searches at Russian Trade Mission US Undermine International Law - Peskov

XIAMEN, China- Moscow expressed complete rejection and profound regret over searches at the Russian trade mission in Washington, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday, adding that the Russian-US relations continue to degrade, Itar Tass reported.

"Evidently, we can express profound regret over this violation of international law," he told journalists. In his words, such actions "undermine international law" and "run counter to the convention on diplomatic relations."

"It cannot but cause utter rejection and profound regret," he stressed. "Steps are being made (by the US) that entail further degradation of the Russian-US relations."

"A month ago, one could think that there were no further worsening in our relations but the US side is demonstrating that is can go further and further on that path," Peskov noted. "We regret it."

Lavrov: Our work continues to unify efforts of all states for combating terrorism

 

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov affirmed that his country continues to work on unifying efforts of all the countries to combat terrorism in the world, particularly in Syria, expressing Russia’s keenness on the non-interfere in Syria’s internal affairs because the Syrians themselves are the ones to determine the future of their country, SANA reported.

Lavrov made his remarks during a meeting with students and teachers of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations ”MGIMO” on Friday.

Houston Floods: 'Catastrophic' Flooding from Harvey to Worsen

"Catastrophic" flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions.

A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

But forecasters say the total rainfall could nearly double later this week.

US President Donald Trump has promised swift action to help those affected. He is due to visit Texas on Tuesday.

"Recovery will be a long and difficult road and the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort," he said.