World News in Brief: July 11

Wednesday, 2018-07-11 08:12:47
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The Security Council on July 10 welcomed the decision of Eritrea and Ethiopia to end the state of war between them and build peace.

* The Cuban government on July 10 issued a number of laws intended to "update and sharpen" the private sector.

* US President Donald Trump said on July 10 that he regarded his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as "a competitor," a claim coming days ahead of his expected meeting with the Russian president in Finland's capital Helsinki.

* Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on July 10 she was looking forward to positive talks with US President Donald Trump later this week. Defence and security as well as trade were among the topics of discussion, she said.

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 10 welcomed proposals on Britain's exit from the European Union drawn up by Prime Minister Theresa May's government, saying that they brought the Brexit process "a whole step forward".

* The US ambassador to Germany urged Berlin on July 10 to stop Iran withdrawing large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany to offset the effect of new US sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal.

* Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras on July 10 announced an agreement with French companies Total and Total Eren to work together in developing solar and wind energy in Brazil.

* Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain's total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents.

* Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will meet with US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other US officials at a meeting on July 13, a senior aide said on July 10.

* Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on July 10 called on the UN Security Council to form an international committee to audit the financial transactions of the country's two divided central banks.

* One person has died and about 20 others injured when a plane crashed near Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, on July 10. South African Civil Aviation Authority said it will issue a statement with further details on July 11.

* Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels said on July 10 they fired a ballistic missile at Jizan Economic City in Saudi southwestern province of Jizan, the Houthi-controlled state Saba news agency reported. However, Saudi Arabia-owned Al Arabiya television reported that the Saudi air defense forces had intercepted the missile over Jizan and destroyed it.

* Rebels in four towns in Syria's southern province of Daraa have agreed to hand over their weapons to the Syrian army, state news agency SANA reported on July 10.

Xinhua, Reuters