World News in Brief: June 13

Wednesday, 2018-06-13 06:52:53
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US President Donald Trump and the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un at their Singapore summit accepted each other invitation to visit the US and DPRK, respectively, said Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 13.

* During a phone conversation on June 12 with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated commitment to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal despite US withdrawal, but asked Tehran to comply with its obligations "without any ambiguity."

* Cuba is committed to expanding Internet access and information technology (IT) to speed up economic, social and cultural development, Communications Minister Maimir Mesa said on June 12 at the opening of the Sixth Latin American Telecommunications Congress in Cuba's seaside resort of Varadero.

* China's software exports reached US$37.6 billion US in 2017, up 9.7 percent year-on-year, said a report on the digital economy issued by the Ministry of Commerce on June 12.

* A Saudi-led coalition geared up on June 12 for a military assault on Yemen's main port, preparing to launch by far the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital.

* Italy sent hundreds of migrants towards Spain in a small naval convoy on June 12 after shutting its own ports to them, sparking a war of words with France that exposed EU tensions over immigration.

* Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on June 12 evening during which both leaders discussed the latest developments in the Mediterranean.

* The British House of Commons lawmakers on June 12 confirmed March 29, 2019 as the country's Brexit date, rejecting a House of Lords move to change the date, leaving the government's original timetable in place.

* Libya's eastern-based army confirmed on June 12 that its air force carried out three airstrikes on terrorist targets near the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli.

* At least 12 civilians of the same family were killed by renewed US-led airstrikes on Syria's northeastern province of al-Hasakah on June 12, state news agency SANA reported.