World News in Brief: June 29

Saturday, 2019-06-29 12:11:25
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Leaders of China, Russia and India agreed at their meeting on June 28 on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Japanese city of Osaka to continue to maintain, utilize and develop their trilateral cooperation mechanism, in a bid to make greater contributions to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world at large.

* During a meeting on June 28 on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Japanese city of Osaka, Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for upholding multilateralism. The two leaders also exchanged views on the Iran nuclear issue.

* Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump at the ongoing G20 summit in Japan covered multiple issues in a positive and constructive atmosphere despite their pressing differences, the Kremlin said Friday (June 28).

* An Indonesian military helicopter had lost contact during its flight from Oksibil to Jayapura, both in Papua province, while efforts to locate the missing helicopter with 12 people onboard are underway, a spokesman of the Indonesia military command headquarters in Papua said on Friday.

* India's Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that the Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) emission norms will be implemented across the country next year in order to reduce vehicular pollution.

* Venezuela on Friday strongly condemned new sanctions imposed by the United States against Venezuelan government officials.

* Representatives of the UN Security Council (UNSC) members are on an official visit to Kuwait to discuss the Kuwaiti-Iraqi relations, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported Friday.

* Albanian State Police has taken all necessary measures to guarantee a smooth voting process during the local elections on June 30, Director of Public Order at the State Police Albert Dervishaj said on June 28.

* The international community must insist that a proposal for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestine and a "just and durable settlement" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be rooted in human rights and international law, said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.

* Some 4,000 primary schools decided to close their doors after a heatwave of exceptional intensity for the end of June has engulfed most of French regions, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday. A high-pressure system bringing hot air up from the Sahara is making temperatures climb to unusually level in France where hotspots of up to 40 degrees Celsius are forecast to hit Paris and most French cities this week.

* At least 50 Palestinians were injured on Friday in clashes between dozens of demonstrators and Israeli soldiers stationed on the border between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

* Libyan navy said on Friday that it rescued 391 illegal immigrants off the western coast in four days. The rescued immigrants are of different Arab, African and Asian nationalities, the spokesman said.

* Pakistan's National Assembly or the lower house of the parliament on late Friday evening approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1. The government presented the budget before the lower house on June 11 with a total outlay of PKR7.022 trillion (US$43.88 billion) with a focus on fiscal consolidation, austerity measures, revenue mobilization, development projects and protection to the vulnerable segments of society.

* A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said the Friday meeting of the joint commission of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal in the Austrian capital of Vienna was "a step forward", official IRNA news agency reported.

* Tehran has officially filed a complaint to the United Nations to sue Washington over the recent "violation" of its airspace by a US drone, an Iranian official said Friday.

* Israel on Friday allowed the shipment of fuel for the operation of the only power station in the Gaza Strip and expanded the area for fishing off the coast of the Hamas-ruled enclave, officials said.

* Up to 24 pro-government militiamen were confirmed dead as anti-government Taliban armed militants stormed the checkpoints of pro-government militiamen in Nahrin district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on June 29, district governor Fazludin Muradi said.

Xinhua