News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 08.54 AM(IST)

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Top developments of the day.

Pakistan's letter on Kashmir: United Nations Security Council to hold closed-door talks on Kashmir today

Following a request from China, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold closed-door talks on Kashmir on Friday. All 15 members of the UNSC will be present when the issue is taken up.

North Korea fires projectiles, rejects South Korea's dialogue pledge

North Korea launched at least two projectiles into the sea on Friday, South Korea's military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea's president as "impudent" and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.

Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he supports meaningful background checks for gun buyers, but he told reporters that those responsible for recent mass shootings were mentally ill and the United States should build more mental institutions.

Trump says China talks 'productive'; Beijing vows tariff retaliation

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that US and Chinese negotiators were holding "productive" trade talks and expected them to meet in September despite US tariffs on over $125 billion worth of Chinese imports taking effect September 1.

Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian tanker; US opens new case to hold it

Britain's Mediterranean territory Gibraltar decided on Thursday to free a seized Iranian oil tanker, but did not immediately indicate when or if the ship would set sail after the United States launched a new, last-minute legal bid to hold it.