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* Cambodia’s economic growth is expected to slow down in 2020 if the European Union (EU) withdraws the Everything but Arm (EBA) trade scheme from the kingdom, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a press release on Friday (December 27).

* Authorities have completed an international joint patrol on the Mekong River. The 89th Mekong River joint patrol concluded Friday, as two Chinese law enforcement boats returned to the Guanlei Port in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The patrol involved China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

* Japan’s unemployment rate improved in November for the first time in four months, the government said in a report on Friday. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the unemployment rate stood at 2.2 percent in the recording month, dropping 0.2 percentage point from October.

* Residents of two small communities in the southern Australian state of Victoria were told to evacuate on Saturday, as a bushfire burned out of control nearby and as temperatures were set to rise.

* The Brazilian army stepped up patrols on the border with Venezuela on Friday, a day after picking up five deserting Venezuelan soldiers amid rising tensions between the two countries.

* The Republic of Korea Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul on Friday stressed a need for an interim deal in denuclearization talks between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States as part of efforts to keep the dialogue momentum alive.

* The Russian Aerospace Forces on Friday successfully launched a Rokot carrier rocket with a retroreflector BLITS-M satellite and a group of Gonets-M communications satellites, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The launch was carried out at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk region, it added.

* The Croatian government adopted a program for the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in Zagreb on Friday. Croatia takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency on January 1, 2020, its first ever since its EU accession in 2013.

* Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli said that composition of his government will be announced as soon as possible. Jemli stated in a video posted on Friday on the official presidency facebook page that he had informed President Kais Saied of the ongoing negotiations regarding the formation of an independent government, as previously announced.

* The 4.9 magnitude earthquake which hit southwest of Iran on Friday morning has had no effect on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, local media reported.

* The Tunisian parliament on Friday signed the national anti-corruption and good governance strategy charter, reported the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency.

* Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday discussed the recent developments in war-torn Libya via a phone call, according to the Egyptian presidency.

* Iran’s army on Friday confirmed the death of the pilot of a MiG-29 fighter jet that crashed in the northwest of the country two days earlier, official IRNA news agency reported.

* The African Union (AU) Commission on Friday reiterated its readiness to effectively observe the integrity of Guinea Bissau’s upcoming presidential election, which is slated to be held on December 29.

* Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US President Donald Trump agreed to reject “foreign exploitation” in Libya during a phone call, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

* The Israeli ruling party Likud announced on Friday that incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a landslide victory in the primary, ensuring his leadership of the right-wing party in the national elections in March.

* Twelve people were killed and dozens injured when a plane with nearly 100 passengers and crew on board crashed soon after take-off in Kazakhstan on Friday.

* The remains of six people onboard a helicopter that crashed on its way back from a sightseeing tour in Hawaii have been recovered, local authorities confirmed on Friday. Local authorities said they will return to the site of the wreckage on Saturday to search for the seventh set of remains.

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