World News in Brief: July 9

King Norodom Sihamoni on Tuesday called on all people to plant trees in order to turn Cambodia into a green kingdom.
 Indonesian rescuers resumed a search on Tuesday for 45 people still missing after a landslide at an illegal gold mine on Sulawesi island that killed at least 17 people, an official at the country's search and rescue agency said.
Indonesian rescuers resumed a search on Tuesday for 45 people still missing after a landslide at an illegal gold mine on Sulawesi island that killed at least 17 people, an official at the country's search and rescue agency said.

* Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone will pay an official visit to Singapore on Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

* French President Emmanuel Macron rejected Prime Minister Gabriel Attal's resignation on Monday after the ruling party failed to secure a majority in the snap legislative elections, French news channel BFMTV reported.

* Argentine President Javier Milei signed a long-delayed pact with provincial governors early on Tuesday, in a push to broaden support for economic reforms and strengthen his nearly seven-month-old minority government.

* Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly unveiled on Monday the new government's program for the coming three years, which outlines a comprehensive strategy to drive Egypt towards its Vision 2030.

* Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene submitted a draft law on the structure and composition of the new government to the country's parliament speaker, Dashzegve Amarbayasgalan, on Monday.

* The Spokesman for Tunisia's Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) Mohamed Tlili Mansri announced on Monday the start of the race for endorsements of presidential candidates, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for strengthened support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), to help create jobs and eradicate poverty.

* Cuba has foiled a plot to sneak arms and ammunition onto the Caribbean island from the United States, detaining nearly three dozen people in a broader scheme authorities say sought to destabilize its government, a Cuba Interior Ministry official said on Monday.

* China and Belarus started joint military exercises on Monday, the Belarusian and Chinese defence ministries said.

* The Kremlin said on Tuesday it would closely follow this week's NATO summit because the alliance had declared Moscow its enemy and sought to defeat Russia.

* Iran's President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday exchanged views on the promotion of bilateral relations, according to the official news agency IRNA.

* U.S. President Joe Biden will hold his first face-to-face talks with Britain's new Prime Minister Keir Starmer at the White House on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

* The White House said on Monday that the election results in France are not going to change the strong U.S. relationship with France.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk signed a bilateral security agreement in Warsaw on Monday, just one day before the start of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Washington.

* Indonesia on Monday called on the United Nations Security Council and nations backing Israel to take immediate and decisive action in response to Israel's operations in Palestine, particularly after the recent assault on the al-Jaouni school.

* Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday reiterated the federal government's commitment to supporting a two-state solution in tackling the Palestine-Israel conflict.

* Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) parliamentary members met with the European Union's (EU) Political and Security Committee (PSC) delegation on Monday to discuss BiH's EU membership path.

* The U.S. has agreed to forgive $35 million of Indonesian debt over the next nine years, the U.S. Treasury said on Monday, in return for the Southeast Asian country restoring and preserving coral reefs in what experts estimate is the world's most biodiverse patch of ocean.

* Russia’s Astrakhan and Volgograd airports resumed flights after closing due to a Ukrainian drone attack, the Russian aviation authority said on Tuesday.

* The Ministry of National Defense of Niger and the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Monday the end of the first phase of the withdrawal of U.S. forces and equipment from Nigerien territory.

* Russia's Gazprom GAZP.MM said it would send 42.4 million cubic metres (mcm) of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Tuesday, up from 42.1 mcm on Monday.

* Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani met with visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Shapiro on Monday to discuss ending the U.S.-led coalition mission fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq.

* UN humanitarians said on Monday 90 percent of Gazans were displaced, some multiple times, as more evacuations ordered and poor or no security hampers aid and fuel deliveries.

* Egyptian Minister of Foreign, Emigration and Expatriates' Affairs Badr Abdelatty on Monday stressed the vital role of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) regarding aid distribution in the Gaza Strip.

* A new Israeli assault on Gaza on Monday threatened ceasefire talks at a crucial moment, the head of Hamas said, as Israeli tanks pressed into the heart of Gaza City and ordered residents out after a night of massive bombardment.

* Israel has launched an air attack targeting a site in the vicinity of the Syrian city of Baniyas that caused some material losses, the Syrian state news agency said on Tuesday quoting a military source.

* Oceanic and coastal waters around New Zealand reached the warmest annual temperatures between 2022 and 2023, since the statistics department Stats NZ started to collect data for the series in 1982.

* Argentina's government is "starting to attend to" the country's foreign exchange controls, and it was not the right time to lift the currency restrictions, presidential spokesperson Manuel Adorni said Monday.

* The performance of manufacturing production in the Philippines sustained its growth in May 2024, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Tuesday.

* Germany's foreign trade volume shrank in May, with imports and exports falling considerably, according to figures published by the country's Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Monday.

* Israel's central bank estimates that the direct impact of the ongoing conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah on the Israeli economy will continue until the beginning of 2025, according to a forecast published by the bank on Monday.

* NASA's CubeSat Radio Interferometry Experiment (CURIE) is set to launch on Tuesday to explore the origins of radio waves from the sun, one of the key drivers of space weather.

* Turkey launched its first domestically-produced communications satellite, Turksat 6A, into orbit early on Tuesday, in a move Ankara said would widen the country's satellite coverage and meet its television broadcasting needs.

* Tropical Storm Beryl brought howling winds and torrential rain to southeast Texas on Monday, killing at least three people, flooding highways, closing oil ports, canceling more than 1,300 flights and knocking out power to more than 2.7 million homes and businesses.

* Japan warned on Tuesday against the risk of heatstroke in Tokyo and areas in its east and west, as hot and humid conditions behind several recent deaths drove some people to use new "cooling shelters" set up around the capital.

* Schools and other educational institutions in and around India's financial capital Mumbai were closed, and university examinations were postponed on Tuesday in view of heavy rains over the past 20 hours throwing normal life out of gear.