World News in Brief: July 14

Sunday, 2019-07-14 13:12:16
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Cuba on Saturday (July 13) revised up its economic growth for 2018 to 2.2 percent at current prices, higher than the 1.2 percent estimated last December. Economy Minister Alejandro Gil said the new growth figure was obtained after balancing the results in the entire fiscal year.

* The European Union (EU)'s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that the EU supports Iraq's proposal to hold peace conference to ease tensions between the United States and Iran.

* French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday that he has approved the creation of a space command within the country's air force in order to beef up its space defense policy and better protect its strategic interests.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday stressed the importance of continuing Egyptian efforts to end the Palestinian internal division and efforts on all levels to safeguard the two-state solution in line with international legitimacy.

* US President Donald Trump announced that he would not impose quotas on uranium imports despite Department of Commerce's findings that foreign uranium poses a threat to national security.

* Libyan coast guards on Saturday rescued 53 illegal immigrants off the coast of the city Sabratha, some 60 km west of the capital Tripoli.

* UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that his country would facilitate the release of the Iranian oil tanker if given guarantees that the tanker "would not be going to Syria".

* Flash floods have hit Myanmar's Kachin state over the past few days, forcing over 10,000 residents to abandon their homes, according to local Information and Public Relations Department on July 14.

* At least 25 people were injured and several houses, churches and buildings were damaged when a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Sur province in southern Philippines early on Saturday, a government disaster report said.

* An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, the United States Geological Survey said on July 14. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake.

* Flash floods and landslides in Nepal triggered by monsoon rains killed 15 people and injured 12 overnight while another 18 have gone missing, officials said on Saturday.

* A massive power outage hit New York City's Manhattan borough on July 13 evening and affected more than 40,000 people. By 8:30 p.m. (0030 GMT on July 14), more than 44,000 people have been affected by the outage, according to power service company Con Edison.

* Moroccan navy on early Saturday rescued 161 migrants in the Mediterranean who were trying to reach Spain.

* Yemen's government forces announced on Saturday that around 20 members of the Houthi rebel group were killed in an ambush in the country's southeastern province of Marib.

* The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank off its coast last week has risen to 82, in one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

* Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack in the city since insurgents were driven out in 2012.

Xinhua,Reuters