World News in Brief: June 16

The South African Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said on Saturday that the country is ready for the presidential inauguration on June 19, calling for all South Africans to be part of it.
Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that the number of pilgrims performing Hajj rituals in the country exceeded 1.8 million this year. The Saudi Press reported that the pilgrims came from more than 200 countries.
Saudi Arabia announced Saturday that the number of pilgrims performing Hajj rituals in the country exceeded 1.8 million this year. The Saudi Press reported that the pilgrims came from more than 200 countries.

* Petr Pellegrini, Slovakia's former speaker of the National Council, is sworn in as Slovak President on Saturday. He took the oath at the ceremonial meeting of the National Council, with which he assumed the mandate.

* Chinese Vice Premier Liu Guozhong has urged efforts in drought prevention and summer sowing work to consolidate the foundation for a bumper autumn grain harvest.

* The Group of Seven (G7) Summit concluded on Saturday with member countries each having their own strategic considerations, which makes the next steps uncertain.

* A total of 250,000 people went to the streets in France on Saturday, including 75,000 in Paris, to protest against the far-right, according to the police.

* An oil spill off southern Singapore has spread to other areas of the island's coast and is threatening a marine reserve, government agencies said, adding that authorities were intensifying efforts to mop up the fuel.

* The Israeli military said on Sunday it would hold daily tactical pauses in military activity in parts of southern Gaza to allow more aid to flow into the enclave, where international aid organisations have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis.

* Hamas Qatar-based leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group's response to the latest Gaza ceasefire proposal is consistent with the principles put forward by U.S. President Joe Biden's plan, in a televised speech on the occasion of the Islamic Eid al-Adha on Sunday.

* Iran called upon the Group of Seven on Sunday to distance itself from "destructive policies of the past", the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said, referring to a G7 statement condemning Iran's recent nuclear programme escalation.

* The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) said on Sunday that it had rescued the crew from the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier M/V Tutor that was attacked by Yemen's Houthis on 12 June in the Red Sea.

* About 625,000 children have been denied an education in the Gaza Strip as schools have been forced to remain closed due to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a UN body said on Saturday.

* A UN official on Saturday stressed the urgency for Libyans to prioritize unity and end the ongoing crisis.

* The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on Sunday a vessel 40 nautical miles south of al Mukha in Yemen had reported two explosions nearby, adding that the vessel and its crew were safe and proceeding to their next port of call.

* Sri Lankan authorities have formulated an initial roadmap to ease restrictions on motor vehicle imports by 2025, local media quoting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said here Friday.

* More than 390,000 visitors from Brunei visited Malaysia during January to April in 2024, making Brunei one of the top five tourist sources of the country, local media reported on Sunday.

* The French overseas territory of New Caledonia's main airport, La Tontouta International Airport, will reopen during the day from Monday June 17, said the French High Commission in New Caledonia.

* As all three U.S. ratings agencies upgraded Cyprus' credit ratings, Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides said Saturday that the country's economy has received a boost.

* The German police shot to death a man after he fatally attacked a young man and wounded three others in the city of Wolmirstedt in eastern Germany on Friday evening, said the police on Saturday.

* At least 9 people were injured in a shooting at a water park in Rochester Hills in the northern suburbs of Detroit, the U.S. state of Michigan, on Saturday.

* China's National Meteorological Centre on Sunday issued an alert for high temperatures as multiple regions across the country experience sweltering heat, while many southern provinces issued severe flood warnings due to heavy rains.