Dec. 20 world news summary at 0045 GMT


ANKARA — Turkey will continue to move some of its troops out of Nineveh province in northern Iraq, where the camp is based, said a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

IraqTurkey has acknowledged a “miscommunication” with Iraq over its recent deployment of troops to the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq, said the statement. (Turkey-Iraq-Troops)
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BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi on Saturday said the Iraqi authority launched a probe a day after the killing of nine Iraqi soldiers mistakenly, when U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck their positions near the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah. (Iraq-Soldiers)
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JAKARTA — The Indonesian authorities on Saturday located a ship in distress in Sulawesi waters and denied reports that the ship had capsized.

Media reports said earlier that the ship carrying more than 100 passengers sank off the Indonesian coast. “The latest information is that a boat from the National Search and Rescue (SAR) agency has been sent from Bajoe to the location,” Spokesperson of South and West Sulawesi province police chapter Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera said. (Indonesia-ship-sink)
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ISLAMABAD — At least ten people were killed and 20 others injured in two separate road accidents in Pakistan on Saturday, local media reported.

Samaa TV said that eight people were killed and 15 others injured when a passenger van hit an oil tanker in Khuzdar district of the country’s southwest Balochistan province. In a separate accident in the country’s east Punjab province, two people were killed and five others injured when a truck hit a car, said the report. (Pakistan-road accident)
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UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Security Council on Saturday reiterated its deep concern about the continuing escalation of violence in Burundi, and the increased cases of human rights violations and abuses.

The council is also concerned about the persisting political impasse and the attendant serious humanitarian consequences, according to a statement issued by the council to the press. Waves of violence persisted after the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose announcement in April to contest for a third term, stirred up protests. (UN-Burundi-violence) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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