World News in Brief: July 12

Thursday, 2018-07-12 07:21:16
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China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on July 11 marked the 57th anniversary of the signing of China-DPRK Friendly Cooperation and Mutual Aid Treaty in Pyongyang at the Chinese embassy.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May said on July 11 that the UK will remain the strongest of US allies, as she prepares to host US President Donald Trump on July 12.

* Moscow will take tit-for-tat measures in response to the Greek expulsion of Russian diplomats, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said on July 11.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed on July 11 for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss Iran's presence in Syria, Netanyahu's office said.

* US President Donald Trump on July 11 urged members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to "immediately" meet their two-percent GDP benchmark on defense spending.

* The Republic of Korea decided on July 10 to halt its annual defense drill this year, aimed at examining the country's war preparedness, on improved relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

* The world's population living in cities or urban centers has risen steadily over the years, poised to reach 60 percent of the entire population by 2030 and 66 percent by 2050, a UN-Habitat report said on July 11.

* The Syrian air defenses responded to a new Israeli attack on Syrian positions in the southern province of Quneitra on July 11, state news agency SANA reported.

* Martin Sajdik, special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), on July 11 expressed satisfaction with the results of the ceasefire in the conflict zone in east Ukraine starting from July 1.

* The ongoing fifth China-Russia Expo has attracted around 42,000 visitors, including 2,700 people from China, the expo's organizing committee said on July 11 at a press conference.

* Russia will deliver first batch of S-400 anti-missile defense system batteries to Turkey in late 2019, Turkish Foreign Minister said on July 11.

* Algeria has deported 355 Nigerien illegal migrants to their country of origin, the Algerian Council for Human Rights said on July 11 in a statement.

* Over 540 suspects have been arrested for organizing online football gambling using bitcoin, with more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) of money involved, police in south China's Guangdong Province said July 11.

Xinhua