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World in brief December 7 2019

GREECE: Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has expelled the Libyan ambassador over a treaty with Turkey that grants it sweeping economic exploitation rights in the Mediterranean.

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt say the deal is illegal under international law and ignores their right to waters in between Turkey and Libya.

The deal also involves security provisions allowing the Turkish military access to Libyan land, water and airspace, though the Tripoli government controls very little of the country beyond the capital.

PALESTINE: Thousands have gathered along Gaza’s border fence with Israel for the first time in three weeks in protest at the siege and occupation of their land.

The regular Friday demonstrations demanding the right of return to lands stolen from Palestine during the foundation of Israel in 1948 and an end to the siege of Gaza were paused following an outbreak of fighting following Israel’s killing of an Islamic Jihad commander last month.

GERMANY: Left hopes that the new leadership of the Social Democrats would withdraw from coalition government with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) were dashed yesterday.

New co-leader Saskia Esken said she was still “sceptical” about the coalition but would give it a “realistic chance” of continuing.

The Social Democrats want more concessions from the CDU including a higher minimum wage and tougher action on climate change.

INDIA: Thousands marched in Assam yesterday in protest at the government’s Citizenship Amendment Bill, which would legalise discrimination against Muslims.

Marchers rallied in the state capital Gauhati. Over two million people in Assam have already been stripped of citizenship by the Narendra Modi government via the National Citizens Register.

The government plans to introduce the Bill in parliament next week.

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