World News in Brief: December 15

Sunday, 2019-12-15 09:28:47
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) carried out "another crucial test" at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Friday (December 13) evening, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday (December 14).

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Belarusian counterpart Sergei Rumas on Saturday discussed "the practical aspects" related to the closer integration of the two countries.

* Queen Elizabeth will set out on Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson's legislative agenda following his election victory, including a pledge to bring the EU Withdrawal Agreement bill back to parliament before Christmas, his office said on Saturday.

* The US Embassy in Iraq on Saturday accused Iran's proxies of carrying out attacks on Iraqi military bases where US. troops are stationed.

* There has been small progress in resolving a bitter dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbours, the Gulf state's foreign minister said on Saturday, just days after its premier visited Saudi Arabia.

* A recovery team landing on White Island to search for the two deceased who remained unaccounted for was not able to find the bodies while the death toll of the volcanic eruption increased to 15, the New Zealand Police said on Sunday.

* The value of Iran's preferential trade with the Eurasian countries reached US$194.2 million in November, Head of Iran's Customs Administration Mehdi Mirashrafi said on Saturday.

* The spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) on Saturday played down the likelihood of restoration of diplomatic ties with United States through prisoner swap.

* Turkey on Saturday called on the European Union to increase the funding for Syrian refugees being sheltered on Turkish land.

* Tunisia has mobilized its military forces on its southeastern border with Libya, Khaled Hayouni, spokesman of the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior, said on Saturday.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia said their countries would further develop bilateral strategic partnership, the Ukrainian presidential office said on Friday.

* As violent protests against recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) flared up in India's northeast, the United States, Britain and Canada have issued travel advisories to their citizens to "exercise caution" while travelling to the region.

* Four miners were found dead and 14 others remained trapped underground in a flooded coal mine in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Saturday.

* Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Lebanese protesters in central Beirut on Saturday in clashes that went on into the night and wounded dozens of people.

* At least 15 people were killed when terror group Boko Haram launched an attack on a town in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, an official said on Saturday.

* The eastern-based army of Libya on Saturday announced launching an airstrike on the Misurata air base, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli.