World News in Brief: June 28

Friday, 2019-06-28 10:29:04
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Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Osaka on June 28 that the Gulf region is now in a very sensitive situation and standing at a crossroads of war and peace.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in Osaka on June 27 that as both countries have entered a new era of development, joint efforts are needed to build bilateral relations that fit the needs of the new era.

* China and Russia will bring their military relations to a new high under the strategic guidance of leaders of both countries, a spokesperson for the Chinese military said Thursday (June 27).

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in agreed in Osaka on June 27 to further elevate bilateral relations with win-win cooperation and together safeguard multilateralism, free trade and an open world economy.

* US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will "reluctantly" pass the Senate version of emergency border funding bill amid pressure from moderate Democrats to tackle the continuous migrant surge along the US-Mexico border.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin promised on Thursday to supply cutting-edge weapons to the armed forces, and raise allowances for active servicemen and pensions for veterans.

* Britain made a legally binding commitment on Thursday to bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, setting it the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by mid-century.

* Venezuelan prosecutors have opened an investigation into this week's failed attempted coup, Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab said on Thursday. Saab said the suspects were "charged with terrorism, conspiracy, attempted homicide, treason and criminal association."

* British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said she would not promise unconditional support for the next prime minister over the Brexit plan.

* Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced support for the intra-Afghan dialogue during his talks with the visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad, a statement from the prime minister's office said.

* Cyprus's President Nicos Anastasiades has asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help restart the stalled peace negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Thursday.

* NATO defense ministers approved a new overarching space policy, which will guide NATO's approach to space, the opportunities and challenges.

* The national weather center, Meteo France, on Thursday warned of "exceptional heat peak" on June 28, placing 4 southern regions on red alert, the highest alert on the agency's four-scale system, and urges residents to be extremely vigilant. In 2003, some 15,000 people died from causes attributable to the heat in France.

* The US Treasury announced on Thursday that it has imposed sanctions on one former and one current Venezuelan officials for their alleged corruption.

* One Turkish soldier was reportedly killed and three others wounded on Thursday by Syrian shelling on a Turkish military position in northern Syria, a war monitor reported.