Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
With 78 days to Brexit, British parliament ready to take on PM
The British parliament is set for a September showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "do or die" pro-Brexit government and those implacably opposed to leaving the European Union without a divorce deal. Johnson says Britain will leave the EU with or without a deal on Oct. 31 and is refusing to negotiate with Brussels until it agrees to change the Withdrawal Agreement, the deal it negotiated with his predecessor Theresa May. Brussels says it won't renegotiate.
Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday: Sun newspaper
The British territory of Gibraltar will on Thursday release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean in July, the Sun newspaper reported, citing sources close to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo. Picardo would not apply to renew an order to detain Grace 1, the report said, adding that he is now satisfied that the oil tanker is no longer heading to Syria.
Norwegian delegation in Venezuela to restart dialogue: sources, Guaido
A delegation from the Norwegian government has come to Venezuela to restart talks between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition that were halted last week after Maduro's allies pulled out, according to four sources and opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro last week said the government would not attend a scheduled round of talks in Barbados to protest the opposition's support for new U.S. sanctions against his government.
Hong Kong protesters offer apologies, China doubles down after airport clash
China said on Wednesday Hong Kong's protest movement had reached "near terrorism" and more street clashes followed ugly scenes the previous day when protesters set upon men they suspected of being government sympathizers. The United States said it was "deeply concerned" at news of Chinese paramilitary police movement near the border, urged Hong Kong's government to respect freedom of speech, and issued a travel advisory urging caution when visiting the city.
As election looms, Argentina's Macri announces relief measures after years of spending cuts
Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Wednesday unveiled a package of welfare subsidies and tax cuts for lower-income workers to lessen the pain of an economic crisis months before elections, but his announcement failed to halt the peso currency's collapse. Macri's announcement, which marked a major climbdown in his IMF-backed efforts to balance Argentina's budget, came after his leftist rival Alberto Fernandez romped to a landslide victory in Sunday's primary election by drawing on popular anger at painful austerity measures.
Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers to region facing Alaska
Russia said on Wednesday it had flown two nuclear-capable TU-160 bombers to a far eastern Russian region opposite Alaska as part of a training exercise that state media said showed Moscow's ability to park nuclear arms on the United States' doorstep. The Tupolev TU-160 strategic bomber, nicknamed the White Swan in Russia, is a supersonic Soviet-era aircraft capable of carrying up to 12 short-range nuclear missiles and of flying 12,000 km (7,500 miles) non-stop without re-fuelling.
Future of last nuclear pact between Russia and U.S. uncertain: U.S. envoy
The last major nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States is outdated and flawed, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday, saying it could be scrapped altogether when it expires in 2021 and replaced with something else. The New START treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the world's two biggest nuclear powers can deploy to no more than 1,550, the lowest level in decades. It also curbs the number of nuclear launchers and deployed land- and submarine-based missiles and nuclear-capable bombers they can have.
Southern Yemeni separatists tell Saudi Arabia: evict Islah or lose the war
Yemen's southern separatists vowed on Wednesday to keep control over Aden, warning the only way out of the impasse that has fractured a Saudi-led military alliance was for Islamists and northerners to be removed from positions of power in the south. The separatists, supported by coalition member the United Arab Emirates, effectively took over Aden, the temporary seat of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, over the weekend by seizing government military bases.
China asks for U.N. Security Council to discuss Kashmir this week: diplomats
China on Wednesday backed Pakistan's request for the United Nations Security Council to discuss India's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, asking for the body to meet behind closed doors on Thursday or Friday, diplomats said. However, France responded to the request by proposing that the council discuss the issue in a less formal manner - known as "any other business" - next week, diplomats said. It will be up to Poland, president of the council for August, to mediate an agreed time and format among the 15 members.
Canada's Trudeau accepts he breached ethics rules, refuses to apologize
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday accepted a watchdog's report that he breached ethics rules by trying to influence a corporate legal case but refused to apologize, saying he had been trying to defend jobs. Independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau and his team attempted last year to undermine a decision by federal prosecutors that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc should face a corruption trial.