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World in brief: December 3, 2023

UKRAINE: Kiev accused Russia of executing surrendering soldiers in cold blood today.
The General Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into footage showing two men emerging from a dugout with their hands up, lying down at gunpoint and then being fired on. The video’s authenticity or origin was not immediately clear.

GREECE: A father and son have been arrested for selling adulterated sunflower oil as olive oil.
The scandal is the latest to hit the cooking oil sector as it is plagued by gangs stealing olive oil from warehouses and even whole olive trees from groves.
Scorching summers have hit European olive crops hard, leaving to the price of a five-litre can of olive oil in Greece soaring to €57 (£49) from €26 (£22.30) in a year.

VENEZUELA: Citizens voted in a referendum on establishing a 24th state in the federation on disputed territory today.
The Essequibo region is governed by Guyana but has been claimed by Venezuela ever since Britain, which then ruled Guyana, asserted control of it in the 19th century.
The International Court of Justice stopped short of asking Venezuela not to hold the vote, as it was asked to do by Guyana, but has warned Caracas against attempting to alter the status quo by force.

PAKISTAN: Nine people, including two soldiers, were killed when militants opened fire at a bus on Saturday night.
The attack took place in Gilgit Baltistan on a road that connects Pakistan to China.
The Pakistani Taliban are active in the region but denied responsibility for the shooting.

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