World News in Brief: July 18

Thursday, 2019-07-18 14:43:31
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A fire at an animation studio in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, left multiple people dead and more than 30 others injured, some of them seriously, local media quoted investigators as saying Thursday (July 18).

* The Philippines wants to buy 74,000 pieces of M-16 assault rifles with corresponding accessories from the United States, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said on July 16.

* Some 200 representatives from China and the United States have a meeting in Houston on Wednesday (July 17) to explore ways to further mayors' cooperation as well as celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

*Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow expects to rebuild partnerships and launch constructive dialogues with the European Union (EU) after the European Commission elected its new president, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

* Speaking at the 54th Mercosur Leaders Summit in the Argentine province of Santa Fe on Wednesday, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said that the South American trade bloc Southern Common Market (Mercosur) aims to further promote free trade among its members and trade partners.

* Australia's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries will be worth a combined AUD100 billion (US$70 billion) by 2030, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday.

*Joint Australian-US military exercise, Talisman Sabre 2019 continued on Thursday following a successful amphibious landing and offensive assault on beaches in the north-east Australian State of Queensland.

* Mexico will allocate MXP60 million (about US$3.1 million) to rehabilitate five migrant and migrant children holding centers on its southern border, the country's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

* Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced Wednesday it has signed a deal worth US$50 million with Indian Navy and India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) shipyard for provision of complementary Naval MRSAM (Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile) systems.

* The US House of Representatives approved three resolutions on Wednesday to block the Trump administration's efforts to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without congressional review.

* Mexican authorities on Wednesday rescued 112 Central American migrants being smuggled inside a tractor trailer, the Mexican National Institute of Migration (INM) said.

* The US Department of Defense said Wednesday it will send about 2,100 more troops to the southern border at the request of the Department of Homeland Security.

* World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Xinhua