World News Briefs — July 10, 2019

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Reuters: Trump accuses Iran of secret nuclear enrichment, says sanctions to be cranked up ‘substantially’

WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump accused Iran on Wednesday of secretly enriching uranium for a long time and said U.S. sanctions would be increased “substantially” soon, as the U.N. nuclear watchdog held an emergency meeting on Tehran’s breach of a nuclear deal.

Washington used the session of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors to accuse Iran of extortion after it inched past the deal’s limit on enrichment levels, while still offering to hold talks with Tehran.

Iran says it is reacting to harsh U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Tehran since Trump pulled out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic last year, and says all its steps were reversible if Washington returned to the deal.

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MIDDLE EAST

US calls for coalition to safeguard seas off Iran and Yemen.

Iran refuses to end breach of nuclear deal until it gets ‘full rights’.

U.S. and Iran set to clash at U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Trump threatens Iran with increased sanctions after country exceeds uranium enrichment cap.

France sends top diplomat to support Iran nuclear deal.

Iran nuclear deal: UN ambassador says Europe ‘must compensate’ Iran.

U.S. denies reports of secret meetings between U.S., Iran officials.

Iran warns Britain of ‘repercussions’ over ship seizure.

Netanyahu warns Iran about range of new F-35 fighter.

Syria says ‘progress’ towards talks on post-war constitution.

Turkey rejects EU claims that drilling off Cyprus is illegitimate.

ASIA

Washington’s peace envoy aims for Sept. 1 agreement on troop withdrawal after all-Afghan conference.

Afghans cautiously optimistic after talks with a “more flexible” Taliban.

Pregnant women, children killed in Papua New Guinea tribal violence. Papua New Guinea: Dozens killed in tribal violence.

South Korea raises Japan trade dispute at WTO.

China will not turn to global financial crisis stimulus playbook to offset US trade war, says Beijing adviser.

From Iron Lady to lame duck: Hong Kong leader’s departure seen as mere matter of time.

Exclusive: West, Japan rebuke China at UN for detention of Uighurs.

Australia promises vote on recognition of Indigenous people.

AFRICA

Sahel nations need more support to fight extremism: UN chief.

Libya conflict: French missiles found on pro-Haftar base.

Settlement agreement ends Egypt’s long-simmering gas dispute with Israel.

Inter-community violence in Mali escalates.

Algeria army chief renews support for president after interim term ends.

In hotbed of Sudan’s uprising, activists torn over transition deal.

Ethiopia jails critics in crackdown after killings: activists.

Cases of measles in Africa rise by 700 percent: UN body.

EUROPE

Kim Darroch quits as UK ambassador to US ‘after Johnson remarks’.

Greek PM says to submit tax cut plan to parliament in coming weeks.

Angela Merkel says she is in good health after third shaking bout.

Belarus strongman Lukashenko marks 25 years in power.

Armenian capital hit by major power blackout.

Von der Leyen courts EU lawmakers in bid to become Commission chief.

Russian police detain Crimean Tatar protesters on Moscow’s Red Square.

Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation.

EU court rules against Denmark in remarriage immigration case.

AMERICAS

House Judiciary Dems prepare slew of subpoenas for Trump-tied targets.

Pelosi: Debt limit vote possible before August recess.

Fed’s Powell: Uncertainties continue to weigh on US economy.

Mexico minister who resigned had differences with chief of staff -president.

Brazil pension reform approval within reach, markets surge.

Brazil’s Vale ordered to pay compensation for dam disaster.

Venezuela creditors push back on Guaido’s debt restructuring plan.

Canada’s Trudeau regains momentum in election race after scandal -poll.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Greater response needed to worsening West African violence: U.N. head.

US sanctions Lebanese Hezbollah MPs over Iran support.

Lebanon speaker says US sanctions are an assault on parliament.

Lawsuits accuse France of deliberately failing jihadist families in Syria.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Federal Reserve chairman signals cut in US interest rates.

United Nations predicts global food prices will drop over next decade.

US, China negotiators resume trade war talks.

Sir James Dyson buys Singapore’s ‘biggest penthouse flat’.

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