Libya deadly floods
At least 2,300 people have been killed in Libya and thousands more reported missing after catastrophic flash floods broke river dams. Some media reports say up to 5,000 people have died. And the number could climb much higher as thousands are reported missing. The epicenter of the crisis is Derna, a coastal city in eastern Libya. The floods have torn through the city, devastating entire neighborhoods. As global concerns spread, multiple nations have offered to urgently send aid and rescue teams to help the war-scarred country. Oil-rich Libya is still recovering from years of war and chaos that followed the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled and killed longtime ruler Moamer Kadhafi. The country is divided between two rival governments, the UN-brokered administration based in Tripoli, and another administration in the disaster-hit east.
Relocating terror groups
Iraq says it has started relocating terrorist groups based in its Kurdistan region to camps far from the border with Iran as part of a security agreement between the two countries. Iraqi foreign minister, Fuad Hussain, says Iraq’s constitution doesn’t allow any group or party to use its territory to harm neighboring countries. He added that he will visit Tehran on Wednesday to deliver the message in person to prevent any escalation on the border. This a day after Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the solid Tehran-Baghdad ties and called for the speedy implementation of the security agreement between the two sides. Under the deal, Iraq has vowed to disarm and relocate terrorist groups based in its Kurdistan region by September 19. Iran has stressed the deadline will not be extended.
The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is in Russia for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Kim Jong-un has met with a delegation of Russian officials, including the Natural Resources Minister, upon his arrival at the Khasan station. That is the main rail gateway to Russia’s Far East from North Korea where Kim is expected to meet President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin has described the trip as a full-scale visit during which the two leaders will discuss bilateral relations. The US and some of its allies have raised concerns over the visit. They’re worried that Kim and Putin may clinch an arms deal, given that Russia is in war with Ukraine. Japan, a staunch US ally, says it’s monitoring the situation as well as its possible effects on the Ukraine war.