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Trump Eyes Putin Meeting Before November Election, NBC Reports

British tourists scramble home after UK expands quarantine list

Thousands of British travellers rush to get home as more countries are added to the UK’s quarantine list.

British tourists have been scrambling to return home, after the UK imposed a 14-day quarantine for travellers coming from the Netherlands, Malta and France.

The measure, which went into effect early on Saturday, was introduced after a surge in coronavirus infections in those countries.

Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from London, UK.

Philippine reports 3,420 new coronavirus cases, 65 deaths

MANILA (REUTERS) – The Philippines has recorded 3,420 new cases of the coronavirus and 65 additional deaths, the Health Ministry said on Sunday (Aug 16).

The country has so far registered a total of 161,253 infections and the death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 2,665, according to ministry data.

India’s ICICI Bank Raises $2 Billion Via Institutional Placement

ICICI Bank Ltd. has raised 150 billion rupees ($2 billion) in capital, joining a number of Indian lenders that are creating war chests as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to push up bad loans.

The nation’s second-largest private-sector bank placed almost 419 million shares with qualified institutions at 358 rupees apiece, it said in a statement on Saturday. The issue opened on Aug. 10 and closed on Aug. 14.

TheSingapore government’s sovereign wealth fund picked up 11.08% of the placement, while aMorgan Stanley investment fund bought 7.31% and a Societe Generale SA fund took 5.55%, the Indian lender said.

ICICI Bank had alreadyraised about 31 billion rupees by paring stakes in its publicly traded units, includingICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. andICICI Lombard General Insurance Co., according to exchange filings.

Argentina COVID-19 infection rate still rising despite lockdown

In spite of 150 days of lockdown, Argentina’s infection rate and death toll continue to rise.

Sunday is Argentina’s 150th day in lockdown.

But with one of the highest infection rates in the world, it is causing many to question the effectiveness of the measures imposed.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

China’s Hong Kong Garrison Fires Torpedoes In Military Drill

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The Chinese army has released footage of its Hong Kong garrison firing cannons and torpedoes in a drill in the South China Sea amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over the status of the former British colony.

The People’s Liberation Army recently tested the weaponry, including a torpedo launch from the vessel Huizhou that successfully hit its target, according to a Weibopost by CCTV on Sunday. The exercise follows the deployment by the U.S. Navy of acarrier strike group to the area to conduct maritime air-defense operations.

The PLA’s one and a half minute video captures the army’s reaction to an order to attack an enemy submarine. The exercise also included helicopter operations, anti-terrorism and anti-piracy drills, and emergency rescue training, according to the Weibo post.

The last Yaaku: Yaakunte language already classed as extinct

As the Yaaku tribe’s language dies out, so will the traditions and cultural identity that go with it.

One-third of the world’s languages come from Africa.

But the UN cultural organisation, UNESCO, says as many as 200 of the languages spoken in African countries may disappear within the next century.

Some are already classified as extinct, including the Yaaku language in Kenya, which fewer than 10 people in the world can speak today.

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Doldol, Kenya, were he meet some of its last surviving speakers.

Trump Eyes Putin Meeting Before November Election, NBC Reports

President Donald Trump told aides he’d like to hold an in-person meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin before the U.S. election in November, NBCreported, citing four people familiar with the discussions.

Administration officials have looked into a variety of times and places for another Trump-Putin summit, including possibly next month in New York, NBC cited the people as saying.

The aim of a summit would be for the two leaders to announce progress toward a new nuclear arms control agreement between Russia and the U.S., the people said, according to NBC.

One option would be for Trump and Putin to sign a blueprint for a way ahead in talks on extending New START, a nuclear arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia that expires next year, NBC cited three of the people as saying.

A White House official said the president’s team aims to have him hold more meetings with world leaders in the weeks leading up to the election, NBC reported. A Kremlin spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, the news service said.