Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
In Trump's Ukraine flap, risks and opportunities for Biden
The growing flap over whether President Donald Trump used his office to seek re-election help from his Ukrainian counterpart poses political risks, and some opportunities, for Democratic White House front-runner Joe Biden. Biden, the former vice president, has become ensnared in the political furor over reports that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden and his son, an issue that has intensified Democratic calls for Trump's impeachment.
New Zealand PM Ardern, Trump discuss gun control in first formal meeting
U.S. President Donald Trump "listened with interest" about New Zealand's gun reforms introduced after the mass shooting in Christchurch, the Pacific country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday. New Zealand's moves on gun control have won global praise, especially in the United States, where lawmakers favouring gun control and activists have struggled to address firearms violence despite back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last month.
El Salvador president to discuss migration with Trump after asylum deal
El Salvador said on Monday its president would discuss migration with U.S. President Donald Trump this week in New York, after agreeing the United States could send back asylum seekers who cross El Salvador while journeying north. According to a copy of the agreement seen by Reuters on Monday, El Salvador would assess whether to extend refuge to migrants returned by the United States.
European powers back U.S. in blaming Iran for Saudi oil attack, urge broader talks
Britain, Germany and France backed the United States and blamed Iran on Monday for an attack on Saudi oil facilities, urging Tehran to agree to new talks with world powers on its nuclear and missile programs and regional security issues. The Europeans issued a joint statement after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met at the United Nations on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders.
Boeing to pay 737 MAX crash victims' families $144,500 each
Boeing Co will pay the families of 346 people killed in two fatal 737 MAX crashes $144,500 each from a $50 million financial assistance fund announced in July, the fund's administrators said on Monday. The fund, overseen by Washington lawyers Ken Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, will begin accepting claims from family members immediately. Family members will not be required to waive or release the right to litigate as a condition of participation. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March after fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.
'You have stolen my dreams,' an angry Thunberg tells U.N. climate summit
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg angrily denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change, unleashing the outrage felt by millions of her peers in the heart of the United Nations by demanding: "How dare you?" The Swedish campaigner's brief address electrified the start of a summit aimed at mobilising government and business to break international paralysis over carbon emissions, which hit record highs last year despite decades of warnings from scientists.
Netanyahu, Gantz in unity talks; may rotate as Israel PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal. After failing to secure a clear victory in the second election in six months, Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, seems to reckon he can stay in power only by sharing it.
Venezuela's Maduro says lawmakers will return to congress on Tuesday
Venezuelan pro-government lawmakers will return on Tuesday to the opposition-controlled congress after a two-year absence, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday, while maintaining that the institution was still illegal. "Let's go to the debate, let's go to the fight," Maduro said on state television.
Trump says would want to know what a third summit with Kim would produce
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would want to know what would result from a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un before agreeing to hold it. "Right now people would like to see that happen. I want to know what's going to be coming out of it. We can do a lot before the summit takes place," Trump told reporters as he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
Court ruling could throw Johnson's Brexit plan into more disarray
The UK Supreme Court will say on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament just weeks before Brexit, a ruling that may further complicate his plans to lead his country out of the European Union next month. A decision against him could lead to parliament reconvening earlier than scheduled, giving it extra time to thwart his Brexit-or-bust agenda to depart the EU by Oct. 31, with or without an exit deal agreed with the bloc.