World News in Brief: December 9

Monday, 2019-12-09 15:22:04
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday (December 9) that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this month, an attempt to try to resolve Iran's nuclear impasse with the United States. He also said Japan wants to make every possible effort to promote Middle East peace.

* China's key economic barometers are likely to rebound in the first half of 2020, J.P. Morgan's Chief China Economist Zhu Haibin has said, advising against market pessimism.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday (December 8) praised the progress on the road to Russia-Belarus integration and cooperation, the Kremlin said. Putin made the remarks in a message of greetings to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as the neighboring countries marked the 20th anniversary of the Treaty on the Creation of a Union State of Russia and Belarus.

* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday presented a draft budget to the parliament, saying it was designed to resist US sanctions by limiting dependence on oil revenue.

* At least 96 people were killed and 90 others were wounded by wild animals that raided farms and residential areas in Tanzania from July 2018 to July 2019, a senior official revealed on Sunday.

* Iran's border guards in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan have seized 500 kg of opium, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The report did not mention the time of the operation.

* Turkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a programme to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.

* Iraqi President Barham Salih and Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on Sunday confirmed the responsibility of government to protect peaceful demonstrators.

* A NATO 70th anniversary event in Denmark's capital Copenhagen has been abruptly canceled by the organizer of Danish Atlantic Treaty Association (DATA) after the US embassy in Denmark communicated its displeasure.

* At least eight Afghan soldiers and an assailant were killed in a suicide car bombing in the country's southern province of Helmand on Monday, provincial sources said.

* Peruvian authorities have arrested 27 members of the military, including high-ranking officials, on suspicion of stealing fuel between 2013 and 2018, local media reported Sunday.

* Ten people have been killed and eight others are still missing as a result of a fire in the building of the Odessa college, with the death toll expected to rise further, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said Sunday.

* Four Katyusha rockets struck a military base near Iraq's capital Baghdad, leaving six military personnel wounded, the Iraqi military said Monday.