Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Chinese President to Preside Over FOCAC Summit Beijing, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), scheduled for September 3 and 4 in this capital, the foreign ministry reported today. Eight Killed in Military Operations in Brazilian Favelas Brasilia, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Eight people died as a result of the operations carried out today by members of the Armed Forces and the Civil Police in three favela communities in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. Victims of Terrorism Speak Out at UN (+Photos) United Nations, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) The exhibition Surviving Terrorism: The Victims'' voices show today at the UN the strength of survivors of these crimes, who recorded their testimonies as a denounce and in solidarity with other victims. Hunger Strikers Fast for Three Weeks to Demand Lula's Release Brasilia, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Members of Brazilian popular movements who are demanding that the Supreme Federal Court (STE) do justice and release former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have staged a hunger strike for three weeks. Two Million Muslims Begin Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) More than two million Muslims are estimated to have started the annual Hajj or pilgrimage to sacred sites of Islam located in the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina. Pakistan, India Ready to Talk Islamabad, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a letter written to his Pakistani peer, Imran Khan, stated India is ready to start talks between the two countries, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced today. Iran Weighs Visa Exemptions due to US Sanctions Tehran, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Iranian authorities will implement a program to prevent concerns to visitors who fear being sanctioned by the United States, a government source said. Germany Highlights Results of Merkel-Putin Meeting Berlin, April 19 (Prensa Latina) Major German news media are highlighting today the results of Saturday''s meeting between Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in particular their opinions on the crises in Syria and Ukraine. Israel Closes Border Crossing with Gaza Strip Tel Aviv, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Israeli authorities today closed the border crossing in Beit Hanoun with the besieged Gaza Strip, under the pretext that Palestinians were organizing a naval march near the north border of that coastal enclave. UN Demands More Respect for Humanitarian Workers' Life United Nations, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Increasing threats are putting United Nations humanitarian workers in danger, so Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling today to respect the lives of those people. Syrian Army Intensifies Siege on Terrorists in Sweida Damascus, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) At least 30 terrorists of the Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic) were killed in clashes with the Syrian Army on the hills of Al Safa, east of the southern province of Sweida, according to military reports. Brazil Could Join List of Countries without Law, Democracy, Warned PT Brasilia, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazil faces today the threat of joining the list of ''countries without law and without democracy'', warned the national president of the Workers'' Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffmann. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies in Switzerland Geneva, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan died in Switzerland at the age of 80, according to the family and the foundation created by the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Southern Africa's Heads of State and Gov't Conclude Summit in Namibia Windhoek, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The 16 heads of State and Government of Southern Africa are finishing today the 38th Summit dedicated to promoting infrastructure development, empowering youth and reviewing their association with private sector. Nearly Half a Million Displaced People Return to Syrian Province Damascus, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Nearly half a million displaced persons have returned to their houses in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor since the beginning of this year, today confirmed local administration sources. Electoral Coalition Parties to Support Lopez Obrador Mexico, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The parties that made up the CoaliciĆ³n Juntos Haremos Historia to support the presidential candidacy of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 elections will continue backing his administration, it was released today. UN Demands Brazilian State to Guarantee Lula's Political Rights Brasilia, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The UN Human Rights Committee urged today the Brazilian state to allow former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to enjoy and exercise his political rights as a candidate in the 2018 elections. Germany Calls for Boosting Relations with Russia Berlin, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel stated today that Germany is advocating for boosting good relations with Russia and, to that end, she will meet with President Vladimir Putin. Iran Suggests Measures to Keep Nuclear Deal Alive Tehran, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Iran suggested some measures against the U.S. unilaterality to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or nuclear deal alive, which was signed in 2015 between Tehran and six powers worldwide. China, Pakistan to Boost Bilateral Strategic Partnership Beijing, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi advocated strengthening the strategic cooperation partnership with Pakistan during a meeting held here with the President of the Senate of that country, Sadiq Sanjrani, the local press reported today.