World News in Brief: July 19

  17 hours ago
More than 1,000 families have been evacuated to safe refuges as flash floods have been hitting five provinces in Cambodia, a disaster control spokesman said Wednesday, July 18. 

Thai cave boys' first public appearance; locals, media wait for televised address

  Jul 18, 2018 15:57:40
The 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave will make their first public appearance on July 18 when they hold a nationally-televised news conference in Chiang Rai. 

Russia-US “handshake” on Syrian issue: An anticipated move

  Jul 18, 2018 15:08:14
NDO – The Syrian crisis was one of the major issues discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump during their meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The global public touched on the possibility that Russia and the US would “shake hands” over the issue of Syria, or orchestrate relationships between the parties concerned. The question is whether it could change the course of the war in Syria? 

EU's Juncker, Trump to meet over security, economic priorities

  Jul 18, 2018 09:51:55
US President Donald Trump will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on July 25 to discuss transatlantic priorities on foreign policy, security and economy, the White House said Tuesday, July 17. 

Iran cuts power supply to Iraq amid rising domestic demand

  Jul 18, 2018 07:40:36
Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardekanian said on July 17 that Iran has cut power export to the neighboring Iraq amid rising domestic energy consumption. 

New beginning but old challenges for Russia-US relations

  Jul 17, 2018 12:17:15
NDO – The summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his United States counterpart Donald Trump took place in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, marking a new beginning in Russia-US ties. However, despite the occurrence of the meeting, relations between the two powers still face multiple challenges and need more time to be really normalised.  

NATO air force drill kicks off in Bulgarian airspace

  Jul 17, 2018 10:15:30
The joint air force drill Thracian Star 2018, involving units from Bulgaria, the United States, Britain and Greece, kicked off in Bulgarian airspace on July 16, officials said. 

Chinese president eyes closer China-EU partnership

  Jul 17, 2018 07:45:29
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on July 16, calling for closer partnership between China and the European Union (EU). 

World News in Brief: July 17

  Jul 17, 2018 07:45:15
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday (July 16) kept its growth forecasts for the global economy unchanged for this year and next year (to reach 3.9 percent in 2018 and 2019, in line with its previous forecasts in April), but warned of escalating trade tensions that could derail the global recovery. 

Trump, Putin start first bilateral meeting in Helsinki

  Jul 16, 2018 22:41:50
US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, and they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues.  

Russia withdraws 35 military aircraft from Syria

  Jul 16, 2018 22:24:27
Russia has so far withdrawn from Syria a total of 35 military aircraft, including warplanes and helicopters, the Russian Defense Ministry said on July 16. 

Iran nuclear deal among “hot” topics at international forums

  Jul 16, 2018 17:18:02
NDO – The topic concerning the nuclear issue signed between Iran and the P5+1 group (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany), as well as the role of Iran in the region, have attracted huge attention at many international conferences and forums.  

Myanmar state counselor calls for next move to complete union accord

  Jul 16, 2018 14:24:05
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on July 16 called for the next move to complete a Union Accord for Peace following the adoption of more basic principles as part of the union pact. 

Trump arrives in Helsinki for summit with Putin

  Jul 16, 2018 07:25:25
US President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki, Finland, on July 15 evening for the summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, for their first stand-alone meeting since Trump took office in January 2017.