World News in Brief: December 7

Saturday, 2019-12-07 11:10:04
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About 400 people were evacuated on Friday (December 6) after a fire gutted a hotel in Thailand's popular resort city of Pattaya. However, police reported no casualties from the fire that gutted Holiday Inn Hotel in Pattaya.

* At least three people were killed and several others injured after a shooter opened fire inside a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida early Friday morning, authorities said.* Russia welcomes mutually beneficial cooperation with German companies, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with top German executives on Friday.

* The US Department of Defense on Friday repeated its denial of a report alleging it is considering adding 14,000 troops to the Middle East, despite an ambiguous position taken by US President Donald Trump on the issue.

* The King of Saudi Arabia called US President Donald Trump Friday after the shooter that killed three people at a US military base earlier in the day was confirmed to be a Saudi national.

* Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic and France on Friday agreed that the European Union (EU) should strive for strategic autonomy in its defense capabilities.

* The monthly economic loss in the Gaza Strip has grown to US$100 million because of the continuing deterioration, a Palestinian committee said Friday.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that 135 Nigerian illegal immigrants had been voluntarily deported from Libya to their home country.

* The German Development Bank (KfW) granted Morocco a loan of EUR55.5 million (US$61 million) to help implement three programs of drinking water supply, an official statement said Friday.

* Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday launched 8,800 housing units on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi that were developed through a partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to cater for low and middle income earners.

* A total of 1,301 fighters and families of the Islamic State (IS) outfit have laid down arms and surrendered to security authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province over the past one month, officials said Friday.