World News in Brief: December 24

Tuesday, 2019-12-24 18:53:08
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The United Nations remains deeply concerned about the safety and protection of more than 3 million civilians in Idlib in northwest Syria, said a UN spokesman on Monday (December 23).

* The number of tourists to the occupied Palestinian territories increased by 15 percent in 2019, Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Maayah said Monday.

* The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday launched a part of Arak heavy water reactor as a step to develop the plant, official IRNA news agency reported.

* Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijani foreign ministers signed a new 2020-2022 action plan for sectoral cooperation during the eighth trilateral meeting held in Tbilisi on Monday.

* Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Monday enacted a law that calls for an April 26 plebiscite on whether or not Chileans want to change the Constitution.

* Tunisian President Kais Saied received on Monday representatives of the Libyan Cities and Tribes Supreme Council. The meeting focused on possibilities of launching an initiative that can resolve the Libyan crisis, according to a presidency statement.

* Burkina Faso defense and security forces killed on Tuesday about 60 terrorist suspects in an offensive against an attack on military detachment in Soum province, in the north of the country, a security source told Xinhua.