World News in Brief: September 13

Thursday, 2018-09-13 09:14:28
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UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Wednesday (September 12) praised developing countries as key actors to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 2015 envisionment of the United Nations.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin visited All-Russian Children's Center "Ocean" in Vladivostok on September 12 to promote friendship between the two countries' youths.

* At least 15 people were killed on September 12 in airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a hospital source said.

* Canadian and US negotiators could soon reach a deal that would save the trilateral nature of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on September 12.

* The Syrian government forces on September 12 shelled rebel-held areas in the northwestern province of Idlib and the central province of Hama, a monitor group reported.

* The newly-elected Pakistani government has decided to present a mini-budget for the remaining nine months of the fiscal year of 2018-19 on September 14.

* Nigeria's electoral body Wednesday said there was no plan to postpone the 2019 general elections as being speculated in media.

* US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on to September 12 punish any foreign interference in US elections, a latest attempt by the administration to show its resolution to fight against elections meddling, said US officials.

* Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias had talks with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis in Athen on September 12 ahead of a trilateral meeting with Israel on September 13.

* Britain on Wednesday offered US$5.6 million in support of demining program in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, Sudanese Media Center (SMC) reported.

* Visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on September 12 expressed his disapproval of Romania's accession to Schengen area, as a response to the country's request for support on the issue.

* Members of Libya's eastern-based parliament on September 12 agreed to hold an emergency session on September 13 to discuss constitution referendum law.

* Greece on September 12 successfully auctioned a 12-month treasury bill issue, raising the amount of €812.5 million (US$944.658 million) from the market at the cost as its previous issue.

* At least 58 Taliban militants were killed and several others wounded following separate air and ground operations in two key southern Afghan provinces, officials said Wednesday.

* Nearly 12,000 residents have been evacuated as the 23rd typhoon of this year approaches south China's Guangdong Province.

* The Nicaraguan government called for calm and asked citizens to take "necessary measures" following a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck early Wednesday.

* Nigeria's west state of Niger on September 12 said 1,300 people have been displaced by floods in eight communities in the east part of the state.

* Some 9.6 million people will die of cancer in 2018, according to a report of the Global Cancer Statistics 2018 released Wednesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Xinhua