Top 10 world news today: Belarus protests, Turkey condemns Biden's remarks, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Aug 16, 2020, 07:45 PM(IST)

Protests in Belarus over strongman Lukashenko's election Photograph:( Agencies )

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Here are the top 10 news that dominated the world arena.

'Russia ready to help militarily if necessary': Putin tells Belarusian leader Lukashenko


The Kremlin said in the same statement that external pressure was being applied to Belarus. It did not say by whom, the report added.

Turkey condemn Biden's criticism of 'autocrat' Erdogan; call it pure ignorance


In the video, Biden described the Turkish president as an "autocrat", criticised his policy towards the Kurds and advocated supporting the Turkish opposition.

Pope Francis appeals for justice to be respected in Belarus


"I appeal for dialogue, to refuse violence and respect justice and rights," the pontiff said in his Sunday Angelus message, speaking from his balcony in St. Peter's Square.

UAE-Israel accord: Phone lines open between both countries to normalise relations


The UAE's Telecoms Regulatory Authority did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

French authorities rescue 31 migrants in English Channel


French authorities picked up 38 migrants in the Channel on Friday.

Lebanon president hedges over eventual peace with Israel in interview

Lebanon has technically been at war with neighbouring Israel for decades, with tensions sporadically flaring in the border area in Lebanon's south, stronghold of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah.

Chinese phone number with auspicious string of digits sold for $300,000


Number '8' in China is considered auspicious as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity" and the number ends in five eights.

How a fish crisis stoked anti-Kremlin protests in Russia's Far East

A salmon crisis in Russia's Far East -- to be precise, the region around the endless estuary of the Amur River on Russia’s Pacific coast.

Belarus opposition to 'March for Freedom' a week after disputed vote

Facing the biggest challenge of his 26 years in power, Lukashenko said on Saturday he had won support from Russian President Vladimir Putin who promised help to "ensure the security of Belarus".

USFDA clears simple saliva test for faster detection of coronavirus

Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drugs Administration Commissioner, said the new saliva test would increase efficiency and avoid shortage of crucial test components like reagents.


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