. REUTERS (UK)
U.S.-China tensions, Kiribati’s shock withdrawal overshadow Pacific leaders meeting
ensions between China and the United States, and the withdrawal of the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati, have overshadowed the Pacific Islands Forum as leaders arrived in Fiji on Monday for the first in-person summit in three years.
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
Japan ruling bloc wins big in somber upper house election
Japan’s ruling coalition won the majority of seats contested in Sunday’s upper house election. But while citizens validated Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government, the mood among the victors was mostly joyless, as the vote came just two days after the assassination of former leader Shinzo Abe.
. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Portugal deploys 3,000 firefighters to battle heatwave blazes
Wildfires are sweeping across northern and central Portugal, where an estimated 3,000 firefighters and more than 60 aircraft are battling to quell the flames amid scorching temperatures.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Colombia and Venezuela: Reopening the border will reactivate the economies
According to estimates of the Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol), with the opening, which is expected after August 7 -the date Petro will take office- the commercial exchange will reach US$1.2 billion this year.
. BAHA (AUSTRIA)
14 killed in mass shooting in South Africa
At least 14 people were killed and 9 injured in a mass shooting on Sunday in South Africa, the county’s police authorities announced.