World News in Brief: December 30

Monday, 2019-12-30 22:56:34
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The power supply project for the China-Laos railway was kicked off in the Lao capital on Monday (December 30). The power supply project for the China-Laos railway is the first BOT (build-operate-transfer) power grid project in Laos, a key project to guarantee the scheduled operation of the China-Laos railway and of building the China-Laos community with a shared future.

* At least 10 people have been killed over the past two weeks in Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Enga Province, as tribal fighting in the troubled Highland region intensifies.

* French President Emmanuel Macron and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called on all international and Libyan actors to exercise the utmost restraint in the conflict in Libya, the Elysee said in a press release on Monday. In a phone call on Sunday (December 29), Macron and al-Sisi discussed the recent development in the conflict in Libya, according to the press release.

* Moscow favors normalizing relations with Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in his Christmas and New Year greetings to US President Donald Trump. Moscow supports establishing equal dialogue between the two countries based on mutual respect of interests, Putin told Trump in the message posted on the Kremlin website on Monday.

* The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday it had detained two Russian nationals for plotting terrorist attacks during the New Year holidays in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg. The detention took place on Friday following information received from US partners, an FSB statement said.

* France planned tough security measures including the deployment of additional security forces across the country "to ensure a high level of security" at the peak of holiday season, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced on Monday.

* The US State Department announced on Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine and four other countries in early January, a trip to come ahead of an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

* Tunisian President Kais Saied decided to extend the state of emergency for another month starting January 1, 2020, the Tunisian presidency said Monday.

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas insisted on Sunday that there will be no general Palestinian election unless Israel allows Palestinians to vote in the heart of East Jerusalem.

* A total of 14 Afghan security force members were killed after Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's northern province of Jawzjan on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said.