World News in Brief: July 2

Tuesday, 2019-07-02 14:44:53
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Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen left Phnom Penh on Tuesday (July 2) for Geneva, Switzerland, where he will attend a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting and a United Nations Human Rights Council session (UNHRC), a senior official said.

* China on Monday (July 1) said it welcomed the recent trilateral meeting among leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the United States and the Republic of Korea in Panmunjom truce village.

* The Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States "actually" ended their hostile relations and started a new peace era through the Panmunjom summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

* The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that it welcomes the meeting of US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom on Sunday.

* The Italian cabinet on Monday agreed to reduce the country's budget deficit target by 0.3 percent in 2019, according to a statement by Italian Finance Ministry. The measure was seen as a necessary step for Italy to negotiate with the European Union (EU) and avoid the bloc's possible deficit infringement procedure for high debt.

* Hot summer temperatures in Cuba broke all-time records on June 30, reaching 39.1 degrees Celsius in the town of Veguitas in the eastern province of Granma, the Cuban Meteorology Institute said on July 1.

* Up to 13 were killed and four others critically injured after a boundary wall collapsed in India's financial center Mumbai at 2:00 a.m. local time on July 2 after heavy rains hit the city over the past few days.

* Preben Aamann, the spokesperson of European Council President Donald Tusk, tweeted Monday that Tusk had suspended the European Union summit to pick nominees for the bloc's top positions. Tusk will reconvene the meeting on July 2 at 11:00 a.m. local time (0900 GMT), Aamann said.

* At least 13 people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus carrying retirees overturned on a foggy road in northern Argentina, local media reported Monday.

* US President Donald Trump said Monday that Iran is "playing with fire" after Tehran announced that it had surpassed the limit of the low-grade enriched uranium stockpile under the Iran nuclear deal, which Washington abandoned.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday issued a decree warning all armed groups, under the umbrella of the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi, against operating outside the official Iraqi armed forces.

* Poland saw a record number of forest fires in June, the state firefighter service announced on Monday, as the country went through a major heatwave during the last week of the month.

* A multinational maritime exercise co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States kicked off in Odessa, southern Ukraine on Monday, according to the press center of the Ukrainian naval forces. Sea Breeze 2019 drills will include a field training exercise with a focus on critical infrastructure protection, maritime security operations and force protection. The exercise is scheduled to be held on July 1-12.

* US President Donald Trump said on Monday the delayed 10-city raids on illegal immigrants will begin after the July 4 holiday.

* Up to 34 people have been confirmed dead and 68 injured persons have been taken to hospitals after a powerful blast rocked Kabul in the morning rush hour on Monday, a local broadcaster network the Tolo television reported. Taliban militants have claimed responsibility.

* As of Monday, older and diesel cars are definitively banned from circulating in Paris and its suburbs as the government is working to improve the French capital's deteriorating air quality and encourage motorists to switch to clean transport means to help combat climate change, French officials said.

* With an average temperature of 18.1 degrees Celsius on days and nights, June 2019 was the hottest June in the Netherlands since measurements began in 1901, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) announced on June 30.

Xinhua