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Russian economy needs "warming up" this year: PM

The Russian government needs to take more steps this year to accelerate the country's economic growth, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday (June 19). (9 hours ago)

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World News in Brief: June 19

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General secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and President Xi Jinping has ordered all-out efforts to organize relief work and rescue the injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on Monday (June 17) night. 

World News in Brief: June 18

  Jun 18, 2019 10:35:09
Twelve people died and another 125 were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province on June 17 night, China's Ministry of Emergency Management said on June 18. The ministry has activated an emergency response and sent a work team to the stricken areas to provide guidance in rescue and disaster relief. 

Canada in talks with Malaysia about taking back plastic waste

  Jun 17, 2019 22:13:16
The government of Canada said on June 17 it is in discussions with Malaysia about retrieving plastic waste that originated from Canada and is currently in Malaysia. 

Global efforts strengthened to reduce plastic waste

  Jun 17, 2019 16:28:24
NDO – Environment and energy ministers from G20 countries recently convened a meeting in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, during which they agreed to set up a new international framework in order to tackle the problem of marine plastic waste, one of the most pressing threats to the environment presently. 

Afghan forces reopens key road in southern province after 2-year blockage

  Jun 17, 2019 14:27:37
A key road connecting one of the most visited Khakriz district to Afghanistan southern Kandahar provincial capital the Kandahar city, was reopened to traffic after two years of blockage, an army commander in the restive province Hajji Woror Achakzai said Monday (June 17). 

Iran government has no plans to remove oil minister - spokesman

  Jun 17, 2019 10:42:18
Iran’s government has no plans to remove Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh from his post, a government spokesman said on June 16, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). 

World News in Brief: June 17

  Jun 17, 2019 10:42:10
A Group of 20 (G20) ministerial meeting on Sunday (June 16) agreed to create an international framework that aims at establishing voluntary measures to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. 

G20 ministerial meeting discusses Middle East tensions, ocean waste

  Jun 16, 2019 14:27:47
The Group of 20 (G20) Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth started on June 15, during which ministers from G20 members discussed Middle East tensions and ways to reduce ocean waste among other topics. 

Iran summons UK envoy over "unfounded" tanker accusations

  Jun 16, 2019 14:27:20
Iran on Saturday (June 15) summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported, a claim denied by the British government. 

World News in Brief: June 16

  Jun 16, 2019 14:27:05
A 6.6-magnitude quake jolted 136 km ESE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand at 0517 GMT on Sunday (June 16), the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 111.0 km, was initially determined to be at 31.7 degrees south latitude and 177.5 degrees west longitude. 

US allows Iraq to import Iranian energy for three more months

  Jun 15, 2019 22:27:18
The United States has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid for another three months by extending a waiver to sanctions - but insists that Baghdad seek alternative sources. 

Brexit: Irish PM says no backstop as bad for Ireland as no deal

  Jun 15, 2019 21:12:23
Ireland will not allow the Northern Ireland "backstop" clause in Britain's EU withdrawal agreement to be dropped because doing so would be as big a threat to the country as Britain leaving without a deal, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday (June 15). 

Trump, Abe discuss Iran, bilateral trade over phone

  Jun 15, 2019 15:28:07
US President Donald Trump on June 14 spoke over phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Iran and bilateral trade. 

World News in Brief: June 15

  Jun 15, 2019 15:27:54
The United Nations on Friday (June 14) adopted a resolution on the commemoration of its 75th anniversary in 2020. Adopted by the General Assembly, the resolution decided that the 75th anniversary of the United Nations shall be commemorated under the theme "The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism."