World News in Brief: June 12

Tuesday, 2018-06-12 06:55:46
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s leader Kim Jong-un went on an evening tour of Singapore on June 11, posing with city-state officials at a tropical garden before visiting an infinity pool atop a landmark waterfront hotel, to the surprise of guests.

* The UN Security Council on June 11 welcomed the Afghan government's announcement last week on a temporary cease-fire with the Taliban for the end of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

* The Canadian province of Quebec will offer CAD$100 million (US$77.1 million) in loans and guarantees for loans to steel and aluminum companies hit by recent US tariffs, the province's economy minister said on June 11.

* At least nine people died on June 11 night after a catamaran collided with a cargo barge on Volga River in Russia, local news reported on June 12.

* The global economy is projected to carry forward its current momentum to generate a 3.2 percent growth rate in 2018, the Conference Board said in its latest Global Economic Outlook 2018 on June 11.

* Some 72 percent of Brazilians feel the country's economic outlook worsened in recent months, according to a poll released on June 11 by pollster Datafolha.

* Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it has "temporarily" suspended operations in northern Yemen after an airstrike on June 11 hit a cholera treatment center it runs in a rebel-held district.

* A new World Trade Center skyscraper in New York City opened for business on June 11, after years of delay and a lack of funding.

* US authorities said on June 11 that 74 people had been arrested in a global crackdown on email fraud scams, in which criminals have attempted to steal billions of dollars from businesses and individuals.