Friday, December 6, 2019

World News Briefs -- December 6, 2019

Iranian political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi, right, and German Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Maria Schmid attend a JCPOA meeting at EU Delegation to the International Organizations office in Vienna, Austria [Joe Klamar/AFP]

Al Jazeera: Europeans, Iran to clash at nuclear talks as deal nears collapse

Europeans will urge Iran to stop violating nuclear deal, but Tehran remains angered by sanctions imposed by Washington.

European powers will demand at talks on Friday that Iran stop violating their nuclear deal or risk renewed UN sanctions, but with Tehran angry over a lack of European protection from US sanctions, there appeared to be scant scope for compromise.

The afternoon meeting comes amid heightened friction between Iran and the West.

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Iran nuclear deal parties meet as accord nears collapse.

UN rights chief says Iranian regime using ‘severe violence’ against protesters.

Iraq unrest: Protester anger unabated, demands unchanged.

Iraqi authorities intensify clampdown on media outlets amid unrest.

'Yemen conflict has no military solution': Sudan's Abdalla Hamdok.

Lebanon PM appeals for foreign help to fight import crisis.

Lebanon's economic crisis fuelling Syria's currency fall.

US House warns against Israel annexation of West Bank settlements.


Hong Kong’s lunchtime protests resurgent as hundreds vent anti-government anger across the city.

China’s tsunami of bond defaults topped US$17 billion since November, poised to break last year’s record amid tepid growth.

U.S. criticizes 5-year World Bank plan to lend billions to China.

Taiwan gets tough on disinformation suspected from China ahead of elections.

Hyderabad case: Police kill suspects in rape and murder of Indian vet.

Samoa measles vaccination campaign a 'success'.

Australia bushfires north of Sydney 'too big to put out'. Australia fires: five blazes merge north of Sydney as conditions forecast to worsen.


Russian mercenaries backing militia commander trying to capture Tripoli, Libya and US officials say.

UN peacekeepers intervene after violent clashes in South Sudan.

Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accord.

Africa's rights court suffers setback as Tanzania blocks cases.

Mike Sonko: Nairobi governor arrested over Kenya corruption scandal.

UK court dismisses torture charges against former Liberian first lady.

Gambian town mourns after Mauritania migrant boat deaths.


Paris travel nightmare enters second day as hundreds of miles of traffic jams reported around French capital.

French PM Philippe says government will hold course on pension reform as strikes continue.

EU distances itself from Johnson’s timetable for post-Brexit trade deal.

Corruption cases pile pressure on Czech prime minister.

German Social Democrats give Merkel coalition a chance.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time.

Zhukov case: Young symbol of Russian opposition avoids jail.


Trump faces deadline as House Democrats craft articles of impeachment.

US-China trade pact 'still close': White House.

Bloomberg denies trying to buy White House election.

Dominicans head to polls amid protests and legal challenge.

Bolivia: Tense calm under interim government.

Bolivian minister seeks Israel help in fighting alleged leftist 'terrorism'.

Argentine debt restructuring expert Guzman to be named economy minister: source.


US offering $15 million for info on Iranian planner of 2007 Karbala attack that killed 5 US troops.

Thirty Britons believed to be among Isis fighters held in Syria.

Saudi national suspected in shooting at U.S. Navy base that left four dead.


OPEC and Russia agree to cut oil production.

Saudi Aramco raises $25.6bn in world's biggest share sale.

US economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations.

Daddy Yankee, Stormzy and Billie Eilish are YouTube's most-watched of 2019.

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