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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Aug. 15

Xinhua
15 Aug 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- The UN Security Council on Friday failed to adopt a resolution tabled by the United States that would extend the current arms embargo against Iran.

The draft resolution failed to get the required nine votes in favor for adoption. Only two Security Council members voted in favor, two voted against, and the remaining 11 members abstained. (UN-Iran-Sanctions)

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OTTAWA -- Canada and the United States have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel for another month to stem the spread of COVID-19, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Friday.

The agreement, which was first introduced in March and has been extended each month since, will remain in place until at least Sept. 21. (Canada-US-Border Closure)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Friday holding an urgent online meeting of the heads of the five states that are permanent members of the UN Security Council, with the participation of the leaders of Germany and Iran, to discuss Iran and the Persian Gulf situation.

"Should the leaders agree in principle to have this conversation, we propose that the foreign ministries of the seven countries agree on a meeting agenda, make the necessary arrangements and schedule a video summit," Putin said in a statement. (Russia-Iran-Persian Gulf)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday announced that the United States had confiscated Iranian fuel from four tankers bound for Venezuela, a move to further increase its pressure campaign against Tehran and Caracas.

The Justice Department said in a statement that the U.S. government had confiscated the cargo from all four vessels, which were Luna, Pandi, Bering and Bella, totaling approximately 1.116 million barrels of petroleum. (US Iran-Fuel Tankers)

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