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By: Nadeemy Haded

In a telephone conversation, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed, on Sunday, that the diplomatic efforts to solve the Libyan crisis should be strengthened.

The Kremlin, in a statement issued after the call, which he said was carried out on the initiative of the German side, stated that the two parties exchanged views on the latest developments in Libya.

Putin and Merkel stressed, "The feasibility of intensifying diplomatic political efforts to settle the crisis there, including mediated by Germany and the United Nations."

Germany is preparing to host an international conference in Berlin in early January, with the participation of the Russian President, to discuss ways to find a solution to the ongoing conflict in Libya.

The Russian-German call comes after the Turkish intervention in Libya, which raised fears that Ankara's ambitions in the region would exacerbate the threat of terrorism and slip into more chaos.

The Libyan national army is fighting a war against terrorist organizations, while Turkey provides generous support to the Tripoli militias, which operate under the banner of the Fayez al-Sarraj government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that his country would send troops to Libya in response to a request from Tripoli soon, possibly next month.

Source Sky News


By: Nadeemy Haded

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gathered the main leaders of the (ruling) Labor Party before the deadline he had given to Washington expired, it reported, on Sunday, the official North Korean News Agency.

The party's plenary session, which opened on Saturday, came after Pyongyang made a series of sharp statements in recent weeks, and issued an ultimatum to Washington that expires its deadline in the last days of this year to present a new offer in the stalled negotiations on its weapons programs, promising to present a "Christmas gift" full of threats.

Kim chaired the party meeting, which discussed "a transparent, independent and anti-imperialist stance," according to the official North Korean News Agency.

The agency added that the Labor Party would also discuss "important issues related to state building and national defense."

During this meeting, Pyongyang may announce "significant political change" compared to its previous approach to the United States, said Hong Min, a researcher with the Seoul-based Korean Institute for National Unification.

This plenary session of the party comes after Kim chaired an expanded meeting last week of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Labor Party.

And the official North Korean News Agency reported, last Sunday, that Kim "provided a brief analysis on the complex internal and external situation (...) to strengthen the country's comprehensive armed forces."

She explained that Kim, "the supreme commander, detailed in detail the direction and ways to be preserved" to strengthen the armed forces.

She added that last week's meeting also discussed "important issues for improving national defense in a decisive manner and essential matters for the sustainable development of military capacity for self-defense."

Nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been frozen since the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, which ended without agreement in February.

This month, North Korea conducted a new "vital" test at the Sohay satellite launch site, after testing several weapons, some of which were described by Japan as ballistic missiles.

UN Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from launching ballistic missiles.

Trump said he hoped the gift North Korea threatened to give at Christmas would be a "vase" and not a new missile test that could spark global tensions over its nuclear program.

Source: Agencies


By: Nadeemy Haded

The fortunes of the richest 500 people in the world jumped about 1.2 trillion dollars, while a French billionaire joined the two richest people after his wealth exceeded 100 billion dollars.

In a report on billionaires around the world, the US "Bloomberg" agency reported that the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world during the current year rose about 25% to $ 5.9 trillion.

She pointed out that "French billionaire Bernard Arnaud succeeded in increasing his wealth by about $ 36.5 billion this year, to become the third richest man in the world after his money exceeded $ 100 billion.

"The wealth of only 52 billionaires of those recorded a decline in 2019, including the richest man in the world who is the president of the Amazon e-commerce company, Jeff Bezos, whose wealth fell about $ 9 billion as a result of the huge amount he paid in a settlement with his ex-wife."

She added: "Despite the decline, Jeff maintained his position as the richest man in the world, after his company's shares jumped significantly as a result of massive sales during the current holiday season."

According to "Bloomberg", 172 American billionaires increased their wealth by about $ 500 billion, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose wealth increased by about $ 27.3 billion.

The fortune of Microsoft Corporation founder Bill Gates also increased by about $ 22.7 billion.

She pointed out that "the number of billionaires in China continued to rise to 54 billionaires, becoming the second country with a number of billionaires after the United States." The wealth of the founder of the largest air-conditioning company in China, Xiangyan, jumped about 79% to reach 23.3 billion dollars.

Source Sky News


By: Nadeemy Haded

Although he leads the English Premier League by a comfortable lead over his nearest competitors, Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp does not seem able to reassure his team’s career in the competition he is dreaming of, and many nominate him for that, after 30 years of absence.

Klopp talked about the "great danger" that awaits the Reds against Wolverhampton when the two teams meet on Sunday, in the 20th round, stressing that he knows very well this danger, according to the Spanish newspaper "AS".

The danger that Klopp fears is the Spanish player, Adama Traore, who is starring in the Premier League this season, who scored in the last game in Manchester City.

After a difficult start in England with the Aston Villa and Middlesbrough teams, the 23-year-old former Barcelona player has become one of the Premier League stars this season.

"In Middlesbrough he was an exceptional player, but he needed the right information," said Juergen Klopp.

And he continued, as "Ace" reported: "He is a great talent ... You cannot tell him that he is that little player (...) Now he has found his way."

He continued: "It is really dangerous, it is difficult to defend against Jimmy Vardi (Leicester striker) in the wide areas, but Traore is more difficult for the defenders because his speed is exceptional."

And Klopp's fear seems unjustified in view of the results of his team this season, as Liverpool won 17 of the 18 matches he played and tied in one match without any defeat, which results indicate that the team is on a path paved to achieve the long-lost league title, knowing that Liverpool tops the ranking The Premier League is a full 10 points behind Leicester, who played two more games.

Source Sky News


By: Nadeemy Haded

The bell of the famous "Big Ben" clock rings in the tower that represents one of the landmarks of the British capital London, when midnight on the eve of the New Year, for the first time since the disclosure of its new face from under the scaffolding.

Renovations of the 96-meter-high tower included a scaffolding in the last two years, while the four-hour counters are being re-polished, metal parts repainted, and the masterfully carved stone engravings in the tower have been underway.

When part of the scaffolding was raised last March, it appeared that the numbers and the hands of the watch had been repainted in blue after they were black, in line with what scientists describe as their original color.

Since the start of the renovation work in 2017, the Big Ben bell has stopped to a large extent, except in important events only. It was the last time that he sounded last November 11, to commemorate the British soldiers who were killed while performing their national duty, in what is known as "Memorial Day".

Parliament said in a statement that the "Big Ben" bell will be tried several times during the preparation for the New Year's Eve.

The £ 4 billion ($ 5.2 billion) of renovation work is due to be completed in 2021.

Source: Reuters


By: Nadeemy Haded

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Sunday that it had dealt with the trade dispute with the United States proactively.

The ministry said in a statement on its website after an annual conference that it applied the decisions of the central government and "protected the interests of the country and the people."

The trade war between the United States and China calmed down this month with the announcement of the first stage of an agreement that would cut some US tariffs, in exchange for what US officials say is a major jump in Chinese purchases of US agricultural products and other goods.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it is in close contact with the United States on signing the trade agreement, and the two sides said they are in the process of finalizing the necessary measures before signing.

Source Sky News


By: Nadeemy Haded

India's tourism sector has been hit by a wave of violent anti-government protests that came out against a new nationality law in several cities this month, with at least seven countries issuing warnings to their citizens to travel there.

At least 25 people were killed in clashes between police and protesters. And anti-law demonstrations continue.

Officials estimate that about 200,000 tourists from inside and outside the country canceled or postponed visiting the Taj Mahal, which is one of the most attractive places for tourists, during the past two weeks.

"The number of tourists fell by 60 percent in December this year," compared to their number in the same month last year, said Dinesh Kumar, an inspector who oversees a police station for tourists near the Taj Mahal and can view visitor data.

"Indian and foreign tourists are calling our observation rooms to check on security. We assure them that we provide protection, but despite this many people decide to avoid visiting."

The building of this marble edifice dates back to the seventeenth century and is located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed the largest number of deaths and severe waves of violence during two weeks of unrest.

The Taj Mahal, located in the town of Agra, attracts more than 6.5 million tourists annually, and the country earns about $ 14 million every year from its entry fees.

The United States, Britain, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Canada and Taiwan issued travel warnings to their citizens, asking them not to visit or be careful when visiting the areas where the protests are in India.

Source Sky News

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