World News in Brief: June 9

Saturday, 2018-06-09 07:40:59
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The UN General Assembly on June 8 elected South Africa, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Belgium and Germany to serve during 2019-2020 in the UN Security Council.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 8 met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who came to Canada to attend the 44th G7 Summit in Charlevoix. They highlighted the importance of open, rules-based international trade to create economic growth that benefits everyone.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May shrugged off Friday (June 8) what appeared to be a frosty response to Britain's proposals to avert a hard border between Britain and Ireland after Brexit.

* The US and Russian top military commanders met in Helsinki on June 8, and press releases from the two sides mentioned that the crisis in Syria and ways of preventing clashes in Syria between Russia and the US-led alliance were discussed.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on June 8 called for individual and collective efforts to stem plastic pollution in oceans, warning that plastic waste could soon outweigh all the fish in the oceans.

* China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on June 8 held the third trilateral high-level dialogue on the Arctic in Shanghai, agreeing on research as priority for cooperation.

* NATO and the European Union (EU) leaders plan to sign a new joint declaration in July to further enhance their level of cooperation, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on June 8.

* Saudi Arabia's King Salman will hold a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber al-Sabahand and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates on June 10 in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi Royal Statement said early on June 9.

* At least 23 travelers were kidnapped on June 8 in Nigeria's northwestern state of Kaduna, according to local media.

* About 10,000 Palestinians participated in the mass rallies at five locations near the Israel-Gaza border on June 8, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

* Hurricane Aletta intensified on June 8 to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, while located 815 km southwest of the port of Manzanillo in Colima state, Mexico's national weather service, National Meteorological Service announced.

* Iran on June 8 ruled out the possibility of renegotiating with the US on the 2015 nuclear deal unless Washington ends threats to the Islamic republic.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry on June 8 called on the Taliban insurgent group to respond positively to a ceasefire initiative proposed by the Afghan authorities.

* The Chinese embassy in Britain on June 8 issued a warning on its website of telecom fraud in the name of Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General.

* Four Palestinian protesters were killed and 618 others were wounded by Israeli soldiers on June 8 during clashes near the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian sources said.

Xinhua,Reuters