World News in Brief: July 17

Wednesday, 2019-07-17 14:09:29
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Nearly 6 million people across South Asia were under threat from rising flood waters following heavy monsoon rains, with more than one million displaced in one Indian state alone, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

* Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya on Tuesday (July 16) said he has no plans to deploy members of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Middle East to protect commercial vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

* Pyongyang might end the scheduled working-level negotiations with Washington if a planned joint military exercise between the United States and the Republic of Korea happens, the foreign ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

* New Zealand Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced Tuesday that the government reached an historic consensus with farming leaders to implement farm-level pricing of climate change emissions from the agriculture sector by 2025.

* A total of 10 Turkish sailors were kidnapped by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria early on Tuesday, according to the Turkish shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik.

* The 17th Canada-European Union Summit will be held in Canadian city of Montreal on July 17-18, according to the Canadian Prime Minister's Office. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host the two-day summit with the participation of European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and El Salvador from July 19 to 21, US State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

* Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Tuesday discussed the situation in Sudan with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. The two sides also discussed regional and international support for Sudan to enable the Arab country to confront the current challenges and end the transitional phase in a way that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

* Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country is open to talks if the United States removes sanctions against Iran, Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday.

* 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.

* Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen announced on Tuesday the interception of three drones launched from Amran Province that were heading to the kingdom.

* A United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Tuesday that the oil tanker MT RIAH, which was reported to have disappeared, does not belong to the UAE, the official WAM news agency reported.

* Sudan's military council and an alliance of opposition groups signed a power-sharing deal on July 17 to end the political crisis in the country.

Xinhua