World News in Brief: May 14

Monday, 2018-05-14 06:02:00
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Britain and its European partners remain committed to ensuring the nuclear deal with Iran is upheld and Tehran must continue to meet its obligations under the pact, British Prime Minister Theresa May told the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on May 13.

* Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks on three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on May 13 that has killed 11 people, the Islamist militant group's Amaq news agency said, without providing any evidence. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to track down the perpertrators.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on May 13 the United States will provide security assurance to the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, if the country could achieve denuclearization.

* Afghan security forces battled for hours against a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad on May 13 after a coordinated assault that killed at least 15 people and wounded 42, local officials said.

* Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League spent the weekend locked in talks to forge a common policy programme and called the head of state on May 13 to report on their progress towards naming a prime minister.

* Qatar and the United States will increase the joint military exercises between the two countries soon, state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on May 13.

* A June summit of European Union leaders is the "ultimate deadline" to make progress on issues related to Northern Ireland's border, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on May 13.

* Libyan Coast Guards on May 13 rescued 260 illegal immigrants of African and Asian nationalities off the country's western coast, navy spokesman said.

* French police on May 13 scoured the background of a Chechnya-born Frenchman who killed a man in a knife attack in Paris, questioning the parents and a friend of the 21-year old, who had been flagged previously as a potential security risk.

* The Palestinians are preparing on May 13 for escalating popular protests on May 14 in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

* The Democratic Republic of Congo and UN agencies began deploying emergency teams of specialists over the weekend to try to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic suspected to have infected more than 30 people, they said on May 13.

* More than 30 people have been killed and many others injured after a thunderstorm, accompanied by rains and gusty winds, hit India late on May 13, disaster management officials said.

* Colombian authorities evacuated around 600 people on May 13 from the town of Valdivia in northern Antioquia Department after the Cauca river burst its banks and destroyed 19 houses, a clinic, a school and a bridge.