World News in Brief: June 13, 2019

Thursday, 2019-06-13 08:39:11
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NDO – The 16th Asia Media Summit, themed “Media Digitalisation Focusing on Developing Markets”, has opened in Siem Reap, Cambodia, attracting nearly 500 delegates from over 40 countries.

* The European Commission has warned that the UK is obliged to share in the operating budget of the "European common house" even if it leaves the EU without any agreement. The EU will not negotiate future trade until the UK fulfils its commitment as a EU member state.

* The Republic of Korea’s Minister of Unification Kim Yeon-chul has said that it will be difficult to hold the fourth inter-Korean summit this month, as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has yet to respond to Seoul's efforts to resume talks.

* US President Donald Trump has said he had received a warm letter from the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un. According to Trump, the letter he received on June 10 was "beautiful" and he thought there were some positives from Pyongyang.

* Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has said that Lebanon would not attend a forum in Bahrain, where the US plans to announce a plan to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict dubbed the "deal of the century", due to representatives from Palestine refusing to participate in it.

* The US has imposed sanctions against Samer Foz, one of Syria's most famous businesspeople, accusing him of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

* The US has welcomed Iran's release of a Lebanese citizen accused of spying for Washington, expressing hope that Tehran would release other captured US citizens.

* The Italian government has adopted an emergency decree to restrict vessels entering the country's territorial waters, a move aimed at curbing the operation of migrant rescue boats by international charity foundations.

* The US House of Representatives has unanimously approved a resolution that allows MPs with clear authority to sue President Donald Trump's administration officials who refuse to comply with congressional subpoenas, the first of which would be the case of former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

* The Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) has reopened discussion on the request for the release of former President Lula da Silva, as information at this time confirms the lack of objectivity in the investigation process and the first trial for the politician.

* Argentine President Mauricio Macri has announced his decision to run for the election campaign at the end of October with the hope of continuing to lead the South American country for another four years.

* Ghanaian security forces have successfully rescued two Canadian women who were abducted last week in Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city.

* Lawyers on behalf of 177 survivors and relatives of 72 victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017, have sent a lawsuit to the Philadelphia state court (USA), confirming that defects in products provided by three US companies are responsible for the disaster.

* Turkish authorities have arrested 10 suspects belonging to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in the country's Adana province.