Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Russia, Turkey agree steps to tackle militants in Syria's Idlib: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia and Turkey had agreed steps to tackle militants in northwest Syria and "normalize" the situation there after a Syrian army offensive encircled rebel fighters and a Turkish military post. Putin was speaking after talks in Moscow with President Tayyip Erdogan, who has said the Syrian army attacks in the Idlib region bordering Turkey have caused a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey's national security.
Macron must take back 'insults' for Brazil to accept G7 Amazon aid: Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the "insults" made against him before he considers accepting a $20 million offer from the G7 nations to help fight forest fires in the Amazon. The two leaders have become embroiled in a deeply personal and public war of words in recent days, with Bolsonaro mocking Macron's wife and accusing the French leader of disrespecting Brazil's sovereignty. Macron has called Bolsonaro a liar, and said Brazilian women are probably ashamed of their president.
Italy inches toward new govt as Trump backs Conte's return as PM
The two parties trying to form a new Italian government made progress toward a coalition deal on Tuesday, cheering financial markets as well as U.S. President Donald Trump, who said he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister. The role of Conte has been a sticking point in the negotiations between the 5-Star Movement, a member of the outgoing coalition, and the opposition Democratic Party (PD), which has been resisting his reappointment.
British opposition parties unite to try to force PM to seek Brexit delay
Opposition parties said they would try to pass a law which would force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's departure from the European Union and prevent a potentially chaotic no-deal exit at the end of October. The United Kingdom is heading toward a constitutional crisis at home and a showdown with the EU as Johnson has pledged to leave the bloc in 66 days without a deal unless Brussels agrees to renegotiate the Brexit divorce.
Russia denies visas to two U.S. senators, amid G7 tensions
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said Russia refused to grant them visas for a visit to Moscow next week, amid disagreement within Washington and among U.S. allies over whether the country should be readmitted to the Group of Seven. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said on Tuesday that Russia denied him a visa. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, said on Monday that his visa request had been denied, which he called "a petty affront."
Japan issues emergency warning after life-threatening rains in south
Japan's meteorological agency issued an emergency warning to residents of Kyushu after the southern island suffered record levels of rain early on Wednesday that threatened to cause landslides, floods and other natural disasters. Public broadcaster NHK said one man was found without vital signs in a car that appeared to have been washed away in Saga prefecture, where some areas were hit with rainfall of more than 100 mm (4 inches) in an hour.
'Now or never': Hong Kong protesters say they have nothing to lose
Exasperated with the government's unflinching attitude to escalating civil unrest, Jason Tse quit his job in Australia and jumped on a plane to join what he believes is a do-or-die fight for Hong Kong's future. The Chinese territory is grappling with its biggest crisis since its handover to Beijing 22 years ago as many residents fret over what they see as China's tightening grip over the city and a relentless march toward mainland control.
Spanish warship picks up 15 migrants to fire political shot
A Spanish warship collected 15 rescued migrants from an Italian port on Tuesday, having sailed halfway across the Mediterranean to fetch the small group in a high-profile maneuver that sharply contrasted with Italy's refusal to accept them. Madrid dispatched the ship a week ago to pick up the migrants at the end of a prolonged standoff between Italian authorities and a Spanish-registered private rescue boat which had plucked more than 100 people, most of them Africans, from seas off Libya.
Hezbollah plans 'calculated' response to Israel: sources
Hezbollah is preparing a "calculated strike" against its enemy Israel after drones crashed in Beirut but it seeks to avoid a new war, two sources allied to the heavily armed Shi'ite Muslim movement told Reuters on Tuesday. A reaction "is being arranged in a way which wouldn't lead to a war" that Hezbollah does not want, one of the sources said.
Japan's Aso, Suga to retain posts in cabinet reshuffle - Yomiuri
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will likely retain their posts at a cabinet reshuffle in September, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Wednesday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he plans to reshuffle his cabinet next month, and that he will emphasize "stability" and "consistency" in the new line-up, signaling that he will keep key positions unchanged.