World News in Brief: May 13, 2019

Monday, 2019-05-13 15:40:49
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G20 agriculture ministers agreed to promote sustainable agriculture through new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and drones in order to feed a growing global population.

* Jordan launched a national clean-up campaign to preserve the environment, including cleaning areas near tourist attractions and public parks as well as seeking to preserve the cleanness of public sites and facilities.

* Foreign students staying in the Republic of Korea longer than 6 months will have to join the state health insurance system starting this July.

* Eight members of a terrorist cell were killed in a police raid in Saudi Arabia's eastern Qatif region, a Shia minority stronghold, state media has reported.

* The Cuban government announced new measures to ration food and hygiene products in face of the country's supply crisis.

* Mexico’s local authorities have discovered the remains of 35 people in mass graves in violent Jalisco state, on the country’s central Pacific coast.

* US President Donald Trump has warned that China needs to reach a deal with the US now or face a far worse deal if he wins next year’s presidential election.

* Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed his hope that negotiations of a peace treaty with Russia will be concluded as soon as possible, but noted that the issue needs to be addressed in a way that would satisfy booth parties.

* The United States has offered Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advance Capability (PAC-3) missile defence systems to India as an alternative to Russian S-400s, which India has said it is close to acquiring after years of negotiations.

* The ruling African National Congress has won South Africa’s general elections with 57.51% of the votes, according to the Independent Electoral Commission.

* An attempt by Britain’s main opposition Labour to try to persuade the government to back its alternative plan for leaving the European Union is not “getting very far”, the party’s health policy chief said.

* Armed attackers killed a priest and five worshippers during mass on Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso.