Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, July 15

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JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma on Monday told a corruption inquiry that he has been vilified.

There is a conspiracy and his enemies had created an all-out "character assassination" against him because they wanted him to step down, Zuma said.

"This commission, from my understanding, was really created to have me coming here, and perhaps to find things on me," Zuma said when testifying at the state capture commission.

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the Iranian nuclear deal at a meeting in Brussels on Monday.

The foreign ministers of the EU countries will discuss "Iran, in light of the recent developments concerning the Iran nuclear deal," according to a statement released by the European Council. The discussion will deal with the aftermath of the meeting of the Joint Commission on the Iranian deal in Vienna in late June and the recent announcements from Tehran.

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MANILA -- The Philippines declared a "national dengue alert" on Monday in several regions of the Philippines due to "the rapidly increasing number of cases" in these areas.

From Jan. 1 to June 29, 2019, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said 106,630 dengue cases had been reported nationwide, an 85 percent increase from the 57,564 cases reported over the same period of last year, and at least 450 deaths were recorded.

"This is the first time that we're declaring a national alert. Because the objective is very clear. We want to raise awareness among the public and more importantly, in communities where signs of early dengue increases are evident," Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.

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LUXEMBOURG -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) holds the development principle of "quality first" instead of blindly pursuing high indexes, the head of the international bank told Xinhua recently.

The AIIB must take three factors into consideration when assessing investment goals: financial sustainability, ecological sustainability and whether the investment projects can improve living standards, AIIB President Jin Liqun said.

"We offer loans to our members in order to help them develop their economies, but not trap them into a debt crisis," Jin said. Enditem

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