World News in Brief: July 9

Monday, 2018-07-09 07:36:29
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The 59th edition of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) kicked off on July 8 in the western city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, gathering more than 600 best high school students in mathematics worldwide. The Olympiad will be concluded on July 13 and a award ceremony will be held.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on July 8 for the fifth round of China-Germany intergovernmental consultations and an official visit to the European country.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on July 8 he will travel to Moscow later this week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Iran's presence in Syria.

* Italy will seek commitments from European Union partners to have migrants rescued at sea by ships from anti-trafficking and border control missions taken to other countries, its interior minister said on July 8.

* British Brexit Secretary David Davis had resigned from the government, British media reported late Sunday, July 8.

* The death toll from torrential rain and landslides in western Japan rose to 88 people early on July 9, with dozens still missing after the rescue of more than 2,000 stranded in the city of Kurashiki. Evacuation orders were in place for nearly 2 million people and landslide warnings were issued in many prefectures.

* At least 10 people were killed and 73 others were injured when a commuter train derailed on July 8 in Turkey's northwestern Tekirdag province, local media reported.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday evening told a meeting of his Fatah Party's Central committee that US President Donald Trump's Mideast peace deal, also known as the deal of the century, "will not pass."

* Sudan's Ministry of Oil and Gas on July 8 said its delegation arrived in South Sudan to prepare for resuming oil pumping.

* The Syrian army has expanded its control over 72 percent of the entire Daraa area in southern Syria, state news agency SANA said on July 8.

* British detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire, died in hospital on Sunday evening, London police announced.

* Some 40 migrants have drowned after their boat sank off Morocco's northern coast on July 8, local media reported. The dead migrants are from sub-Saharan African countries, and a number of them are women.

* Saudi Arabia announced on July 8 it has provided more than US$11 billion assistance to Yemen, Sabq online local news reported.

* The Syrian air defenses hit an Israeli warplane during an Israeli airstrike on Syria's T-4 Air base in central Syria on July 8, the Syrian army said in a statement on state TV.