World News in Brief: July 9

Tuesday, 2019-07-09 14:37:16
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes Iran's action to cross the nuclear deal limit would neither help preserve the plan nor secure economic benefits for the Iranian people, his deputy spokesman said Monday (July 8). The spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced that the Islamic republic crossed the limit of 3.67 percent, to higher level, in concentration of nuclear enrichment on Monday.

* China on Monday called for restraint and continuous efforts to maintain and implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after Iran raised its uranium enrichment concentration beyond the limits set by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

* The Lao Ministry of Health has advised people throughout the country to clear potential mosquito breeding sites as an outbreak of dengue fever has claimed 27 lives and more than 11,000 people have contracted the virus so far this year.

* Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Monday said China is willing to deepen military exchanges and cooperation with the Caribbean countries and Pacific island countries under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

* Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday told the state television that the government delegation started talks with the opposition in Barbados.

*The German government has rejected an appeal by the U.S. government to deploy ground forces in Syria to fight the Islamic State (IS) terror organization, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Monday.

* Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday expressed his satisfaction with the decision of the Eurogroup on accepting his country's letter of intent to join the eurozone.

* Russia's ban on direct flights with neighboring Georgia went into force on Monday amid worsening relations between the two countries.

* Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Monday there have been more than 460,000 suspected cases of cholera in Yemen so far this year, compared to 380,000 cases for all of last year.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his visit to the United States may take place this summer, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Monday.

* Five agreements providing EUR126.9 million (US$142.3 million) aid to Ukraine were signed during the Ukraine-EU summit held in Kiev on Monday, information on the Ukrainian president's official website showed.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that preparations for the delivery of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems are continuing and their loading works are in progress.

*The Alan Kurdi vessel operated by a German NGO on Monday rescued another 44 migrants in Mediterranean Sea, who would be transferred to Malta later.

* The Moroccan authorities have thwarted over 40,300 illegal immigration attempts since the beginning of 2019, the Moroccan news agency MAP said on Monday.

* Latin America will account for more than 25 percent of global agricultural and fisheries exports by 2028, according to the report "2019-2028 Agricultural Outlook" released on July 8 by the Santiago office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Xinhua