World News in Brief: June 9

Sunday, 2019-06-09 14:11:59
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday (June 8) urged the international community to promote gender equality and the rights of women and girls as a crucial contribution to meeting ocean challenges.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, a foreign ministry spokesperson announced Sunday (June 9).

* Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for his maiden overseas visit, after beginning his second consecutive term last month, to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

* A delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its four-day visit to India on Saturday, and both sides pledged to enhance mutual trust and boost cooperation in various fields.

* Kazakhstan's presidential election kicked off on Sunday with seven candidates vying for the top office. Around 10,000 polling stations were arranged home and abroad, including 65 in 51 foreign countries.

* Eight people were killed and several others injured on Saturday in Ekona, a locality in Southwest, one of the two troubled English-speaking regions of Cameroon, according to local sources.

* Morocco does not know any peace plan for the resolution of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said during a joint press briefing with his visiting French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday.

* The Pentagon announced in a letter that it would halt F-35 fighter jet training for Turkish pilots over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday.

* Libyan navy on Saturday announced rescuing 22 migrants of different African nationalities off the country's western coast.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday discussed issues of mutual interest and vowed to broaden neighborly ties in diverse areas.

* Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held talks on Saturday with his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki in the capital Cairo, where they discussed further bilateral cooperation and coordination on regional and African issues, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

* The African Union (AU) on Saturday urged foreign actors to refrain from interference in Sudan as the country faces critical juncture with looming political uncertainties.

* At least three people were killed and several injured in violent clashes between supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) party and the state's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, officials said Sunday.