RIYADH — The Saudi-led coalition announced on Sunday its interception of a bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the southern Saudi region, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

On Friday, the coalition said it destroyed two drones flying toward the kingdom’s southern region and border city Najran. (Saudi Arabia-Yemen-Houthis)

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HANOI — Member countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are expected to hold a meeting in October on preparation work for the deal’s signing within this year, a Vietnamese official said Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference of the just concluded 52nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and related meetings, Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said signing the RCEP by the end of this year was prioritized by the AEM. (Vietnam-RCEP-Deal)

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DAMASCUS — Syrian President ordered the formation of a new government on Sunday, keeping top ministers unchanged, according to the state news agency SANA.

The top unchanged ministers include Minister of Defense Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, and Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun. (Syria-Government-Ministers)

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MOSCOW — Russian President and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko agreed on Sunday to meet here “in the coming weeks,” the Kremlin said in a press release.

During a phone conversation, Putin and Lukashenko reaffirmed their common position to further strengthen the Russian-Belarusian alliance and expand mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas, it said. (Russia-Belarus-Meeting) Enditem

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