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General News: World


Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Qatar on Monday as part of a rare regional tour ahead of the annual summit of Arab leaders of the oil-rich Gulf states. The trip comes at the time of a political transition in the United States and as deadly conflicts rage in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Salman began his tour in the United Arab Emirates, a key pillar of a Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been battling Iran-backed Shia Huthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015. After Qatar, he will travel on to Kuwait and Bahrain, which is to host this year's Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) summit.
Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be "affected by any changes in the domestic situations" of countries involved, China's foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it. The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term.
Russia said Monday it would hold talks with Washington on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria's Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions rejected any evacuation. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture all of the battered second city in mid-November.
A Jordanian air force pilot was killed on Monday after his F-16 jet crashed due to a technical fault during a training exercise, the army said. The army statement did not specify the location of the accident, which happened as the jet took off. In 2015, a Jordanian pilot and an Iraqi trainee were killed when a light training aircraft - a T67 Firefly - crashed during a routine military exercise. In 2013, another Firefly crashed in the north of the kingdom because of technical problems, killing the pilot and a trainee.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbour, announcing Monday a trip to the site of his country's surprise attack that launched World War II in the Pacific. News of the journey comes just two days ahead of the 75th anniversary of the deadly December 7, 1941 assault on the US naval base in Hawaii.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi prepared to hand in his resignation Monday after suffering a ruinous referendum defeat cheered by populist leaders but sparking fresh jitters in Europe. "My experience of government finishes here," said a downcast Renzi after acknowledging a defeat of almost 60-40 percent over his constitutional reform bid, which threw the future of one of the eurozone's biggest economies into turmoil.
The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $22.2 billion (20.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world. It's "the highest amount we have ever requested," UN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O'Brien told a press conference. "This is the reflection of a state of human needs in the world not witnessed since the Second World War," he said.