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N Korea fires two cruise missiles: Seoul defence ministry

North Korea fired two cruise missiles Wednesday, Seoul's defence ministry said, ending a month-long lull in Pyongyang's record-breaking spate of weapons tests this year.

"Early this morning, we detected that North Korea fired two cruise missiles into the West Sea from Onchon, South Pyongan province," a ministry official told AFP.

Leaders of Türkiye, Ukraine and UN to meet in Lviv

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have accepted an invition from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to meet on Aug. 18 to review the deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be shipped to world markets to help alleviate the global grain crisis and discuss ways to end the six-month-old war.

Inter-Syrian dialogue essential for peace: Çavuşoğlu

Reconciliation between the Syrian regime and the opposition groups is essential for ending the ongoing civil war in the country, Türkiye's top diplomat has said, repeating Ankara's calls on Damascus to genuinely endorse the international efforts for a political solution to the decade-old tragedy.

Putin Condemned "the West's Collective Efforts to Destroy the European Security System"

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to expand a system similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into the Asia-Pacific region.

"The situation in Ukraine shows that the US seeks to prolong the conflict. And it acts in the same way, igniting the potential for conflict in Asia, Africa, Latin America," Putin said.

Five die in Ecuador blast officials blame on crime gangs

Five people died and 16 were injured in an explosion Sunday in the Ecuadoran port city of Guayaquil in an attack the government blamed on organized crime, officials said.

President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency in the country's second largest city of Guayaquil, where eight houses and two cars were destroyed in the blast.

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