World News in Brief: February 7

Thursday, 2019-02-07 09:39:32
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Uruguay and Mexico on February 6 unveiled a four-step proposal to bring Venezuela's disputing parties closer to a negotiated solution to the political crisis.

* The President of the United States Donald Trump is expected to visit Britain in December for a NATO summit, over a year after his first trip to the country was widely protested.

* The Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte Wednesday paid an official visit to Iraq and held meetings with top Iraqi officials, state-run al-Iraqiya TV reported. The two sides are confident that the two countries have an opportunity to develop the relations.

* Russia will increase the range of missiles being developed and create ground-based launchers for its Kalibr long-range missiles and long-range hypersonic missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

* US President Donald Trump on February 6 said that the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) would soon regain control of all of the land previously held by the group, and defended his earlier decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.

* Russia is not going to deploy its missiles in Belarus, Russian ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich told journalists on February 6.

* The Permanent Representatives of 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states in a meeting on February 6 at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels signed the protocol on Macedonia's accession in the presence of Macedonian foreign minister.

* The German government has submitted a strategy paper to NATO in which Germany promises to increase its military spending to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024, German media reported on February 6.

* Ukraine has withdrawn from the coordinating bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) due to its tensions with Russia, local media reported on February 6, citing Ukraine's Ambassador to Belarus Igor Kizim.

* Iraq's President Barham Salih on February 6 said that Iraq is keen to establish effective relations with Italy and the European Union.

* The first direct flights between Israel and Japan are scheduled to operate from September, Israel's foreign ministry announced Wednesday. A regular flight line between the two countries is expected to open later.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on February 6 called for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, Press TV reported.

* The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced on February 6 receiving an installment of US$2 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the fifth tranche of a US$12-billion loan to support Egypt's economic reform program.

* The Israeli army fired artillery shells at a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip on February 6 night after a rocket fired from the besieged enclave hit southern Israel.

* About 15 people were killed and several others injured on February 6 in Bole-Bakundu, a locality in Southwest, one of the two troubled English-speaking regions of Cameroon, local sources said.

* Libya's eastern-based army on February 6 demanded the state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) to lift the force majeure on Sharara oil field, a few hours after the army took over the field.

Xinhua