World News in Brief: July 16

Tuesday, 2019-07-16 11:56:26
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An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off Indonesia's Bali Island earlier on Tuesday (July 16) but there was no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

* The French president's diplomatic counselor Emmanuel Bonne will visit China on July 19 to hold a new round of consultation between the coordinators for the China-France Strategic Dialogue, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced Monday 9July 15).

* Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday that it had prevented activities of a cell of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the country's southern Rostov region.

* Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez said Monday that the government's delegation arrived in Barbados to resume dialogue with the opposition.

* The United States will send a high-level delegation to discuss arms control issues with the Russian side in Geneva later this week, US media reported on Monday.

* Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Monday that Tehran plans to go back to the conditions before the landmark 2015 nuclear deal unless European signatories fulfill their obligations, state TV said.

* The Pakistani military on Monday recovered 52 people during a rescue operation in a remote village of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir where torrential rains triggered off by cloud burst wrecked havoc early on Monday, an army statement said.

* Speaking at the Made in America product showcase at the White House on Monday, US President Donald Trump ordered that only products with more than 55 percent made in the United States may be considered "made in America," eyeing to raise the bar to 75 percent in the future.

* Serbia needs French support in European integration, as well as engagement to relieve tensions with its unilaterally seceded province of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade on Monday.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi reaffirmed on Monday his country's support for the Palestinians in defending their rights.

* Ukrainian Central Election Commission (CEC) registered over 1,700 official observers from international organizations and foreign countries for the snap parliamentary election which will be held in Ukraine on July 21, according to CEC representatives on Monday.

* Russian and Georgian lawmakers said their countries are ready to stop current hostilities and resolve their crisis in bilateral relations, Russia's State Duma, or lower house of parliament, said Monday.

* The Bulgarian government on Monday decided to propose the National Assembly to ratify the contracts on the acquisition of eight new F-16 Block 70 fighter aircraft worth nearly US$1.26 billion.

* Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday said his government so far had received no reports of detentions or deportations after the United States ramped up immigration raids over the weekend. However, some 1,800 Mexican immigrants are on trial in the United States and could face eventual deportation, he said at his daily press conference.

* The Honduran Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that its consular offices in the Unites States would be braced for a spike of immigrant deportations while pledging legal help for potential deportees. An estimated 1 million Hondurans are living in the United States, including 44,000 with "temporary protected status" due to expire in October 2021.

* Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Danyliuk discussed the intensifying of bilateral cooperation in the security, cybersecurity, energy and financial spheres during his visit to the United States, according to NSDC's press service on Monday.

* Yemen's warring parties agreed Monday on "new measures" to reinforce the cease-fire deal and troops withdrawal from the port city of Hodeidah, according to a UN statement.