World News in Brief: December 1

Sunday, 2019-12-01 18:15:11
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The Indonesian military and police will dispatch personnel to spots in Mimika district of the country's easternmost province of Papua during the anniversary of Free Papua Movement's birthday on Sunday (December 1), a senior police officer said on Saturday (November 30).

* Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday visited the IFEMA exhibition center in Madrid which will be the venue for the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference COP25 slated for December 2-13.

*Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan on Sunday said that China adheres to peaceful development and firmly supports multilateralism, stressing that China's development will not lead to its replacing any other country, and China will never seek hegemony and engage in expansion. Wang made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the 2019 Imperial Springs International Forum in southern China's Guangzhou.

* In the first speech after his confirmed narrow win in the presidential runoff on November 24, Uruguay's President-elect Luis Lacalle Pou on Saturday called for "national unity," saying that during his presidency beginning March 1, he will not seek "to change one half of the country for another."

* The US forces carried out airdrops in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah on Saturday, killing eight Islamic State (IS) militants, state TV reported.

* Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday headed to the United States for an official six-day visit, official SUNA news agency reported. Hamdok is scheduled to hold talks with US officials over bilateral cooperation, the report said.

* Iran's navy on Saturday announced the mass production of the indigenous submarine-launched Jask cruise missile, Press TV reported.

* Wide-ranging tax relief measures undertaken by the new Sri Lankan government are expected to provide a fiscal stimulus of LKR550 billion (US$3.025 billion) to the economy, State Minister of Investment Promotion, Keheliya Rambukwella, quoted by local media reports, said on Satuday.

* Eight militants have been confirmed dead as fighting planes stormed Taliban hideouts in the northern Kunduz province, said a statement of Defense Ministry released in Kabul on Saturday.

* Nine people, including two children, were killed Saturday after a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in adverse weather conditions in the US state of South Dakota, local media reported.

* Four police officers and 10 suspected gunmen of the Cartel of the Northeast were killed in an hour-long gunbattle in Mexico's northern state of Coahuila, authorities said Saturday.

* New Zealanders can expect more above average temperatures for summer across the country, according to New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric (Niwa) Research on Sunday.

* US online shoppers spent US$7.4 billion on Black Friday, up by 19.6 percent from last year, according to the web analytics tool Adobe Analytics.

* At least six people were killed and 10 others injured, some of them critically, Saturday in a deadly head-on collision between a passenger bus and an oil truck tanker in India's eastern state of West Bengal, police said.