Dec. 15 world news summary at 0030 GMT


LONDON — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced Monday that its board of governors had approved a request by the Chinese authorities for China to become a shareholder of the Bank.

First Capital Plus' new status brings the total number of commercial banks in the country to 27.


“China’s membership of the EBRD will open up significant further opportunities for sustainable investment by Chinese groups in the regions where the EBRD works,” EBRD president Sir Suma Chakrabarti was quoted as saying in an EBRD statement. (Britain-China-Bank)
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MOGADISHU — Unknown gunmen on Monday killed a female staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with another employee working for a local NGO in Mogadishu.

Mahdi Abdulle, a police officer, said Amina Mohamed Nor, a UNHCR employee and a NGO worker were killed near Makka Al-Mukarrama road in the center of Mogadishu. (Somalia-Aid Worker)
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SANAA — Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered the ceasefire to start on Tuesday morning, to coincide with the kick-off of UN-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland, official Saba news agency reported.

“President Hadi announces the ceasefire to start Dec. 15, Tuesday, at 12 o’clock midday local time (0900 GMT),” Riyadh-based Yemeni official Saba quoted an unnamed spokesman as saying, giving no further details. (Yemen-Ceasefire)
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BUENOS AIRES — A deadly bus crash killed at least 43 police officers in Argentina after it rammed through a bridge into a dried-up riverbed in the north of the country early on Monday, according to local authorities.

Early reports from emergency response teams in the province of Salta state said that the bus was carrying 51 people and eight have been hospitalized. A preliminary investigation showed that the bus may blown a tire, causing it to steer out of control off the bridge. (Argentina-Accident) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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