Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Sept. 12

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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on countries in Northeast Asia to seize the historical opportunity and conform to the trend of the times to strengthen cooperation in the Russian Far East and Northeast Asia for a better future of the region.

He made the remarks while addressing the plenary session of the fourth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East.

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STRASBOURG -- Taking the lead for the first time to launch a disciplinary procedure against a European Union (EU) member state, the European Parliament voted Wednesday in Strasbourg to trigger Article 7 of the European treaties against Hungary, which could lead to the suspension of Hungary's voting rights.

The European Parliament launched the action, citing the concern of a "serious breach of European values." (EU-Hungary-Article 7)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) unveiled the construction of a wall along the country's border with Lebanon in earlier September, as part of the preparations Israel is making ahead of a possible conflict.

The new fence is set to replace a standard border fence that has been in place for years. The new barrier is being contested by Lebanon who says Israel is dipping into its territory. (Israel-Lebanon)

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HANOI -- China stands ready to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other countries across the world to help develop an innovative, open, interconnected and inclusive global economy, Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said on Wednesday.

Hu made the remarks here at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2018 themed "ASEAN 4.0: Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution." (Vietnam-China-WEF) Enditem

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