World News: White House says call with French President Macron was "friendly"
Updated: 2021-09-23 07:48:31 KST
Let's take a look at what's going on in 'The World Now'.
We start things off in the U.S., where the White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday, that U.S. President Joe Biden's call with French President Emmanuel Macron lasted 30 minutes, and was friendly.
"The tone of the call, it was friendly, it was one where we're hopeful and the president is hopeful, this is a step in returning to normal in a long, important abiding relationship that the United States has with France. It was about 30 minutes long. As we noted in the readout, and as you said, it was extensive."
The call comes as France recalled its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia last week, as it accused President Biden of "stabbing them in the back" after Australia ditched a 40-billion dollar defense contract with France for the purchase of submarines, and opted for U.S. submarines instead.
In a joint statement issued after the phone call, the two leaders agreed to launch in-depth consultations to rebuild trust, and to meet in Europe at the end of October.
The call was requested by Washington, in an attempt to mend ties.
The race for the top position at the World Health Organization seems like a one-man race, as Germany announced Wednesday that it has nominated Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a new term.
According to the AFP citing diplomatic sources, he appears to be the sole candidate for the position with Germany's nomination secured, as the deadline for submissions is Thursday.
Dr. Tedros has not yet confirmed that he will run for a second five-year term, but a number of diplomatic sources say he would stand.
He has been relatively popular due to his role in steering the WHO's efforts to coordinate the global pandemic response, but his candidacy had been complicated after Ethiopia allegedly withdrew its support over the conflict in his home region of Tigray.
Watchers say, most had predicted that backing would come from a country in Africa, which has generally been content to have one of its own in such high position, and Germany's nomination did come as a surprise.
Dr. Tedros was elected as the head of the WHO in 2017, becoming the first African to take the helm of the UN health agency.
And finally, according to Europe's volcano observatory on Wednesday, the vast wall of molten lava creeping down from the slopes of Spain's La Palma island has destroyed 320 buildings, as well as over 154 hectares of land.
The property damage report was twice that given a day ago by Copernicus, which uses sky radar imagery to monitor the extent of lava coverage.
However, experts believe the scale of damage will rise in the coming hours, as the slow-moving, but unstoppable mass of white-hot rock, continues to slide towards the island's western coast.
They added that if the lava continues to move at the current pace,
it will reach the sea later on Wednesday or possibly Thursday.
When the lava meets the water, it's expected to create an explosive effect.
The eruption on the island of some 85-thousand people was the first in 50 years, forcing 6-thousand people out of their homes, with luckily,.. none reported injured.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.