World News in Brief: July 19

Friday, 2019-07-19 10:27:49
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The death toll of an anime studio blaze in Kyoto, Japan, on Thursday (July 18) has risen to 33, with 36 others injured, some suffering from severe burns or bleeding, local police and rescuers said. According to local police, a 41-year-old man, identified by his driver's license, admitted on his way to hospital that he spread a flammable liquid, possibly gasoline, around the building before setting it on fire.

* US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking at the White House, Trump said that USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, destroyed the drone that threatened the US warship by flying within 1,000 yards of it and ignored multiple warning.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the United States to avoid any steps that would stoke further tensions with Iran, according to an interview published on Thursday.

* Home Affairs Ministers of the European Union (EU) countries failed to reach agreement on how to share the burden of the Mediterranean immigrant crisis in a meeting in Helsinki on Thursday.

* The European Union's (EU) chief negotiator in talks on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, Michel Barnier, arrived in Riga on Thursday to brief Latvian officials on progress achieved in the negotiations so far and hear Latvia's concerns and considerations in the Brexit context, local media informed.

* The European Union (EU) should provide leadership positions to Eastern European countries and speed up its decision-making, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said in Sofia on Thursday.

* Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin held a conversation with US National Security Adviser John Bolton by phone on Thursday, discussing Turkey's exclusion from the F-35 fighter jet program.

* The talks scheduled for Friday (July 19) between Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance were postponed, the opposition alliance said in a statement on Thursday without giving reasons for the delay.

* The Delegation of the European Union in Libya on Thursday voiced its concern over the reported disappearance of a member of Libya's east-based parliament and called for her immediate release.

* Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Thursday launched the countrywide updating of a voter registration database and urged the youth aged above 18 years to register en masse.

* Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Thursday voiced Morocco's deep interest in pushing forward "close and fruitful cooperation" with the European Union in various domains.

* At least 15 people were killed and another 21 injured on Thursday when a passenger bus overturned in Mexico's western Nayarit state, local officials said.

* Eleven elementary school children, between the ages of 10 and 12, were killed when a truck they were riding in fell into a ravine on Friday morning in Cebu, central Philippines.

* At least 12 people were killed and over 90 others injured after a Taliban car bombing and ensuing gun fire rocked provincial police headquarters in Kandahar city, capital of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, on Thursday, witnesses said.

* The death toll by the dengue virus in Sri Lanka has risen to 58 while over 29,000 people have been infected with the virus so far this year, the government information department quoted the Epidemiology Unit as saying on Thursday.

Xinhua