World News in Brief: July 8

Monday, 2019-07-08 14:29:04
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The death toll in Monday (July 8) morning's bus mishap in north India has risen to 29, while 18 people were injured, government sources confirmed. The mishap occurred when a passengers bus heading towards Delhi from Lucknow, the capital city of northern state of Uttar Pradesh, fell in an around 50-feet deep drain in the wee hours of Monday in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh.

* The Venezuelan government and opposition have agreed to meet again for talks to overcome the political crisis facing them, the parties involved said on Sunday (July 7).

* Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Abbas Araqchi announced on Sunday that the United States can attend the new round of nuclear talks that Iran and the remaining parties to the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal plan to hold in future. He urged Washington to lift banking and energy sanctions against Tehran before attending the talks.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday warned that Iran's move to raise its uranium enrichment concentration would result in "further isolation and sanctions."

* Germany is extremely concerned about Iran's uranium enrichment program which breaks the Iran nuclear deal, a spokesperson of German Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged European leaders on Sunday to reimpose sanction on Iran, hours after Tehran said it will enrich uranium beyond the nuclear deal's limits.

* The Maltese and Italian foreign ministers issued a joint statement on Sunday evening calling for a permanent EU mechanism to deal with migration.

* Sixty-five migrants that were on board the vessel Alan Kurdi operated by an German NGO were transferred to an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) patrol boat and disembarked at the army's Hay Wharf base late Sunday evening.

* Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said on Sunday that Jordan will not accept any deal that neglects the legitimate right of the Palestinians to establish a state.

* Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered on Sunday that 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims be hosted during the annual Muslim Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported.

* Nigeria and Benin on Sunday signed the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), leaving Eritrea as the only member of the African Union that has not signed onto the historic accord.

* Iraqi security forces on Sunday launched an offensive to hunt down remnants of Islamic State (IS) militants in the desert and rugged areas in the provinces of Anbar, Salahudin and Nineveh to the border areas with neighboring Syria.

* At least six persons were killed and 96 others sustained injuries as a car bomb rocked Ghazni city, the capital of Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Sunday, provincial government spokesman Aref Nuri said. Taliban militants have claimed the responsibility, saying the armed outfit targeted security base killing and injuring scores of security personnel.

Xinhua