World News Briefs — December 13, 2019

Reuters: ‘Brexit closure’: Johnson wins commanding victory in UK election

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Friday for “closure” over the Brexit divisions that have riven the United Kingdom, saying his election victory provided an overwhelming mandate to take Britain out of the European Union on Jan. 31.

Johnson, the face of the victorious “Leave” campaign in the 2016 referendum, fought the election under the slogan of “Get Brexit Done”, promising to end the deadlock and spend more on health, education and the police.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syrian regime pushed Idlib offensive under cover of other crises.

Syrian Kurd opposition ready for talks with Damascus: official.

Top Iraq cleric denounces killing, abduction of protesters. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric condemns gruesome hanging of teen.

Lebanon is heading for default on its debts, warns Fitch.

Yemen peace talks anniversary: Little progress since Stockholm.

Turkey: Former PM and Erdogan ally launches new party.

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over resolution recognizing Armenian killings as genocide.

UN extends Palestinian refugee mission until 2023.

ASIA

U.S. envoy to visit Seoul as deadline looms for stalled North Korea talks.

Senior China diplomat says U.S. seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust.

Trade war: China using talks to prevent relations with US spinning out of control, former minister says.

US-Taliban talks ‘pause’ after suicide attack on American airbase. U.S. envoy: Taliban talks ‘paused’ after deadly Bagram attack.

Violent clashes continue in Delhi over new citizenship bill.

Japan PM might cancel India trip: Jiji. Japanese PM Abe’s India visit cancelled amid Assam unrest.

Former Kyrgyz President Atambaev charged with killing security officer.

Three patients die as 250 lawyers are charged over ransacking hospital in Pakistan.

AFRICA

Algeria: Abdelmadjid Tebboune wins presidential election.

Thousands march in Algeria after controversial election result.

EU powers urge calm as Haftar threatens fresh Tripoli assault.

ISWAP attack kills 15 in northeast Nigeria: militia.

Mystery behind Burkina Faso violence hampering response to crisis.

Spike in Ebola cases alarms health officials in DRC.

Tribute to soldiers after ‘dark day’ in Niger’s history.

EUROPE

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority.

General election 2019: Pound and shares surge.

EU relief as UK polls signal Brexit may soon be done.

Ukraine welcomes, Germany rejects expected U.S. sanctions On Nord Stream.

Austrian far-right kicks out scandal-hit ex-leader.

EU agrees on carbon neutrality by 2050, Poland exempt.

Ukraine, Moldova sign MoU on gas supply security.

AMERICAS

Panel vote sends Trump impeachment charges to full House.

Amid impeachment vote, Giuliani visits White House.

US Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report.

Trump, leader of Paraguay discuss corruption, Venezuela.

Canada: nearly 14,000 people die from opioid overdoses in four years.

Chile must prosecute police, Army for violence against protesters: U.N. Chile: UN calls for prosecution of police and army over response to protests .

Bid to impeach Chile’s Pinera over protest handling rejected.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Niger fighting ‘asymmetric war’ against armed groups: Analysts.

Finnish minister sorry for Instagram poll on IS women.

Hezbollah chief warns Lebanon government could take time.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Trump, China announce ‘Phase One’ trade deal.

Saudi Aramco becomes first company worldwide to hit $2 trillion valuation.

Mexico ratifies modified N. American trade deal.

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