World News in Brief: December 8

Sunday, 2019-12-08 15:01:12
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The death toll in a fire incident in Delhi on Sunday (December 8) morning has reached 43, reported news agency Asian News International (ANI) quoting local police sources. The fire broke out inside a four storey building in north Delhi's "Filmistan" area. Most of those died were migrant labourers from the country's eastern state of Bihar, and were asleep when the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday.

*The artificial intelligence (AI) market in China is expected to reach US$11.9 billion by 2023, according to the white paper released by the global market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC) and QbitAI, a Chinese technology media outlet.

* China and Myanmar pledged on Saturday (December 7) to strengthen communication and high-level exchanges, according to a meeting held between Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

* The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) carried out "a very important test" at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Saturday afternoon, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday. The DPRK's Academy of National Defense Science reported the results of "the successful test of great significance" to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the report said.

* Russia will not reopen its gas supplies to Ukraine until both sides agree on all essential points of a gas deal, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a television interview.

* US President Donald Trump and RoK President Moon Jae-in discussed Korean Peninsula issues in a phone call on Friday EST, the White House said in a statement Saturday. The call, made at the request of the US president, lasted about 30 minutes, the Blue House said.

* Israeli warplanes attacked facilities that belong to militants of the Islamic Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip early Sunday in response to rockets fired from the coastal enclave into the Jewish state hours earlier, Isreal Defense Forces (IDF) said.

* Hamas, ruler of the Gaza Strip, on Saturday warned Israel about violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The warning was issued by Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, in a short text message, where he held Israel fully responsible for the continuing violations at the mosque.

* Up to 23 people were killed, and 137 others wounded in Friday's attack on protesters in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said Saturday.

* Palestine on Saturday hailed the US Congress Resolution 326 which opposes the settlements and annexation in the West Bank. Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described the resolution as a "blow" to US President Donald Trump's support of the Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the maritime boundary delimitation agreement signed with Libya was sent to the United Nations for registration.

* Serbian Armed Forces on Saturday exhibited their new helicopters Rostvertol Mi-35M, Mi-17 and Airbus H145M at the "Colonel Pilot Milenko Pavlovic" airport in the suburbs of Belgrade.

Xinhua