World News in Brief: June 14

Friday, 2019-06-14 12:59:28
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Officials of Laos and Singapore have agreed to work closely together in the fight against transnational and organized crime syndicates, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday (June 14).

* China has decided to extend anti-dumping duties on certain alloy-steel seamless tubes and pipes for high temperature and pressure service from the United States and European Union, the Commerce Ministry said on Friday. The anti-dumping tax rate applicable to steel tubes and pipes is between 57.9% and 147.8%. on companies in the US and the EU.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Iran is responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman without providing hard evidence, while Tehran called the incident "suspicious."

* Qatar called for an international investigation into attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday and a de-escalation of tensions in the region.

* Saudi Arabia's air defence forces intercepted five drones launched by Yemen's Houthis at Abha airport and the city of Khamis Mushait, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman said in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency early on Friday.

* A magnitude 6.5 quake struck off Chile's coast near the coastal city of Coquimbo, the US Geological Survey said on Thursday. The quake, which hit an earthquake-prone area, was very shallow and struck 51 miles (82 km) west of Coquimbo, the USGS added.

* US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that press secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of this month. He has not named a replacement for Sanders.

* Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced a cabinet reshuffle, replacing six ministers after a lower support rate for his government.

* The United Nations Security Council on Thursday proposed a set of mechanisms to achieve enhanced cooperation with the Arab League.

* Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi received Thursday Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, after their tripartite meeting on the Libyan crisis held in Tunis.

* Portuguese government approved in Lisbon on Thursday an agreement with the United Kingdom to protect the electoral rights of the citizens of both countries after the "Brexit".

* About 135,000 law enforcement officers of Ukraine will ensure the security during the snap parliamentary elections to be held on June 21, said the Minister of Internal Affairs adviser Ivan Stoyko during his briefing in Kiev on Thursday.

Xinhua, Reuters