• Insurance deal lets India resume shipping Iran oil
  • NKorea official visiting China for economic talks
  • Bird flu claims 9th victim in Indonesia this year
  • Japan’s economy slows, grows 1.4 pct in April-June
  • Afghan officials met with jailed Taliban leader
  • Anti-immigrant party office in Greece firebombed

Insurance deal lets India resume shipping Iran oil
India has joined Japan in offering government-backed insurance for ships carrying Iranian crude in order to bypass European sanctions that have nearly halved Iranian oil exports to key markets. The first Indian ship to carry oil from Iran has been launched on August 15.

NKorea official visiting China for economic talks
North Korean state media said that Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek visited China Tuesday to discuss joint development of the countries’ special economic zones with senior Chinese officials.

Bird flu claims 9th victim in Indonesia this year
The Health Ministry says bird flu has killed a 37-year-old man in central Indonesia, marking the country’s ninth fatality this year. The World Health Organization also says 359 people have died from bird flu worldwide. Indonesia remains the hardest-hit country, accounting for 159 deaths.

Japan’s economy slows, grows 1.4 pct in April-June
Japan’s economy grew at a slower-than-expected annualized rate of 1.4 percent in April-June, adding to worries over the global outlook, as consumer spending flagged following a rebound earlier in the year from last year’s earthquake and tsunami disasters.

Afghan officials met with jailed Taliban leader
Afghan government representatives have met with a top-ranking Taliban member in his prison cell in Pakistan, an official said, suggesting a small step toward reopening stalled peace talks with the insurgent group.

Anti-immigrant party office in Greece firebombed
Authorities say arsonists have firebombed an Athens office of a far-right, anti-immigrant party, a day after the suspected racist murder of an Iraqi man in the Greek capital. The fire brigade says nobody was hurt in the attack. The assailants escaped arrest.

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