World News in Brief: July 10

Tuesday, 2018-07-10 07:37:19
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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on July 9 pledged to make all-out efforts in the ongoing search and rescue operation in the Phuket boat accident.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 9 held talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the Great Hall of the People, and both agreed to establish a strategic partnership between the two countries to inject new impetus into bilateral ties and open up new prospects in the new era.

* The visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 9 said that the United States supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace negotiations.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who plans to attend a football match between France and Belgium Tuesday, July 10, the Kremlin said on July 9.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met in Berlin on July 9 with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, calling on the two countries to seek common ground while reserving differences to maximize their common interests.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on July 9 night carried out a mini-reshuffle of cabinet as she appointed four secretaries following the resignation of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

* Austria on July 9 started temporary border entry checks, including the border with Germany and Italy, local media reported.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the new cabinet members hours after he was sworn in late on July 9. The number of ministries under the presidential system has been reduced from 26 to 16 and the number of those dealing with economic matters is halved to three.

* US President Donald Trump on July 9 complained again about the defense expenditure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members, one day ahead of his departure for a NATO summit scheduled in Brussels, Belgium.

* Manufacturers of automobiles and auto parts from Canada, the United States and Mexico on July 9 asked their respective governments to head back to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiating table as soon as possible.

* South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on July 9 met his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, a day after Uganda hosted a meeting aimed at ending fighting in the country.

* The Moroccan authorities announced on July 9 that they have rescued 33 illegal immigrants off the coast of the northern city of Larache.

* Russia's trade surplus surged 42.6 percent year-on-year to US$81.4 billion in the first five months this year, the Russian Federal Customs Service said on July 9.

* Tunisian jihadist group "Okba Ibn Nafaa", part of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, on July 9 claimed the attack on a patrol of National Guard, killing nine people and injured three others, in northwestern Tunisia.

Xinhua