1. STRIKE ON IRAN WOULD BE AN ALL-OUT WAR
DUBAI: Any U.S. or Saudi military strike against Iran would bring “all-out war”.
The serious statement made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif yesterday was in response to Saturday’s attack blamed on Iran.
The United States has been discussing with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies possible responses to Saturday’s attack, which they blame on Iran and which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as an act of war on the kingdom.
Denying the involvement of Iran in the attacks, Zarif said, as much as Iran doesn’t want to engage in a military confrontation, it will not hesitate to defend the territory.
2. LIBYAN COAST GUARD PICKS UP NEARLY 500 MIGRANTS IN REGION SURROUNDING TRIPOLI
Tripoli: Libya picked up 493 migrants on six inflatable boats in six operations in a week in areas northeast and northwest of Tripoli.
According to Coast Guard spokesman Ayoub Qassem, the migrants, which include 28 women and five children, from sub-Saharan, Arab and Asian countries were all moved to detention centers run by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord.
He said, the migrants were taken to various detention centers where 173 to Komas, 166 to Tripoli, 50 to Zawiya, and 104 to Zuwarah, both towns that are west of Tripoli.
Libya’s western coast is the main departure point for migrants fleeing war and poverty and hoping for new lives in Europe.
3. INDONESIA RETURNS HUNDREDS OF CONTAINERS OF WASTE TO WEST
JAKARTA: Meanwhile in Indonesia, hundreds of containers of contaminated waste have been sent back to the West after shipments supposedly containing plastic meant for recycling were found to hide hazardous substances.
According to the officials, nearly 550 out of 2,000 containers contained hazardous material or non-plastic waste where more than 300 containers have already been repatriated.
Authorities were taking action against three companies involved in the shipments.
Heru Pambudi, director-general of Customs and Excise said, Australia has been the biggest source of the toxic materials, but other shipments would be sent back to the United States, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Slovenia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France and Britain.