World News in Brief: June 14

Thursday, 2018-06-14 07:27:00
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China will take a slew of incentives to further boost imports so as to drive domestic industrial upgrading and better meet the increasingly diversified consumption demands of people, the State Council decided at an executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on June 13.

* US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was no longer a nuclear threat, following his summit with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.

* Europe needs a unified approach to migration that addresses the interests of each country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on June 13, noting that Italy did not feel it was receiving sufficient support from other European Union member states.

* The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on June 13 released the designs of the commemorative banknotes of the late President Nelson Mandela ahead of its official release, after the designs surfaced on social media.

* The MPs of the British parliament on June 13 vetoed a House of Lord amendment to the crucial EU Withdrawal Bill, committing the country to leaving European Economic Area (EEA) membership.

* Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on June 13 welcomed the European Parliament decision to approve the macro-financial assistance for Ukraine worth €1 billion (about US$1.18 billion).

* Yemen's internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered Wednesday (June 13) his armed forces to take a decisive military action and liberate Hodeidah from the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis.

* Economists and analysts polled in the survey of professional forecasters kept their forecast for Singapore's 2018 economic growth at 3.2 percent, according to the survey result issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on June 13.

* Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced a five-point aid plan for Yemen's Hodeidah port and surrounding areas on June 13, after a Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen's Houthi-held main port city.

* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on June 13 his government is still pursuing a political solution for Syria's rebel-held southwest, but will use military force if this fails.

Xinhua, Reuters