World News in Brief: July 7

Sunday, 2019-07-07 12:22:12
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At least 20 people were injured on Saturday (July 6) in a gas explosion at a shopping center in Plantation, a city in southeastern US state of Florida, local media reported.

* A senior Iranian official said Iran may increase the purity of its enriched uranium to five percent from the current 3.67 percent from July 7, Press TV reported Saturday.

* Britain's interior minister Sajid Javid will this week formally endorse Boris Johnson to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and the country's next prime minister, the Sunday Times reported.

* Greek voters began casting their ballots on Sunday (July 7) in the first general elections since the country exited international bailouts last year.

* Jordan and Palestine said on Saturday that no economic offer or idea can replace the two-state solution. The remarks were made by Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, during their meeting in Amman.

* The White House said on Saturday that President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May discussed over phone Friday on issues concerning Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Saturday pledged to implement an agreement reached on Friday with the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance to establish transitional authorities.

* At least four people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between the Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels in the southern districts of the port city Hodeidah during the last 24 hours, security sources told Xinhua on Saturday.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday discussed Libya situation and bilateral relations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone.

* US soldiers have been called into state service to provide assistance after a-7.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern California on July 5, while authorities warned residents to be prepared for possible further aftershocks.

* In a tweet on Saturday, US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been holding peace talks with the Taliban to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan since last year, said the latest round of discussions were the "most productive session" to date.

Reuters, Xinhua