World News in Brief: June 8

Saturday, 2019-06-08 10:57:24
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Intensive search operations to locate the missing Indian Air Force's (IAF) 'AN-32' transport aircraft entered sixth day on Saturday (June 8), but no breakthrough could be achieved so far. With 13 persons onboard, the IAF's transport aircraft had gone missing at around 1300 hours on June 3, after taking off from Jorhat in the country's north-eastern state of Assam.

* While addressing the plenary session of the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) held on Friday (June 7) in Russia, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for joint efforts in creating an open world economy, people-oriented and inclusive societies, and a beautiful homeland with harmonious coexistence between human and nature, so as to hold the "golden key" of sustainable development to solve global problems.

* Theresa May stepped down Friday as leader of Britain's governing Conservative Party, but she will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.

* Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello met with Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro on Friday in Havana in a show of unity as the United States steps up pressure on the governments of the allied nations.

* Mexico's National Guard will begin deploying on Mexico's southern border with Guatemala from Monday (June 10) to contain the flow of migrants headed to the United States, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on June 7.

* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday announced a partial opening of the country's border with Colombia, which his government closed in February as opposition leaders prepared an ultimately failed effort to bring aid into the country.

* Iran rejected French calls for wider international talks over its nuclear and military ambitions, saying on Friday it would only discuss its existing 2015 atomic pact with world powers, state TV reported.

* With 372 against 159 votes, the German Bundestag passed a law introducing many changes to migration in Germany on Friday. With the new law, the governing parties of the Union and SPD are extending the rights of the German police and immigration authorities so that fewer deportations fail.

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday called for efforts to develop oil production in the country. The president also said Belarus produces a little less than 2 million tons of high-quality oil per year.

* The Syrian army and the rebels are fighting intensively on Friday as a result of a major rebel attack on areas recently captured by the army in the central province of Hama, state media and activists reported.

* Norway said on Friday that the Nordic country's companies exported defence-related products and services worth NOK5.8 billion (US$667 million) in 2018, which was 8 percent lower than in 2017.

* More than 2,500 Libyans have been forced to flee their homes after heavy rainfalls caused severe flooding in the town of Ghat, some 1,300 km southwest of Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.