World News in Brief: June 17

Monday, 2019-06-17 10:42:10
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A Group of 20 (G20) ministerial meeting on Sunday (June 16) agreed to create an international framework that aims at establishing voluntary measures to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean.

* Yemen's Houthi movement launched a new drone attack targeting the Abha regional airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the group's Al-Masirah TV said on Monday (June 17). There was no immediate Saudi confirmation of the attack.

* The US administration might discuss whether to send additional troops to the Middle East after two oil tankers came under attack in the Gulf of Oman on June 13, US media reported on June 16.

* Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel said on Sunday that the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka in April had sent a clear and strong message that a new type of terrorism threat has arrived in South Asia. The minister stressed the need for domestic, regional, and international efforts to address the problem of terrorism.

* Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a message to Turkey on Sunday, warning that violation of Greece and Cyprus' sovereign rights and international law may result in sanctions.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he is fully ready to call for holding the legislative elections and then the presidential elections in the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

* Boris Johnson, the front-runner to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, pledged on Sunday to "end the digital divide" in Britain with the rollout of full fibre broadband by 2025.

* Libyan navy on Sunday said it rescued 91 illegal migrants off the country's western coast. The rescue operation took place 35 miles off the coast of the town of Garrabulli, some 55 km east of capital Tripoli, the navy said.

Xinhua, Reuters