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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 5

05 Dec 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

SAO PAULO -- At least 14 people were killed and another 26 injured on Friday when a passenger bus plunged off a 15-meter-high bridge in Joao Monlevade, a town in Brazil's southeast state of Minas Gerais.

Police and emergency services said the accident occurred at km 350 on the BR-381 highway, 114 km from Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais. (Brazil-Accident)

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ABUJA -- Scores of Boko Haram militants were killed following multiple airstrikes launched by the Nigerian military in the Sambisa Forest located in the country's northeastern region, an official said on Friday.

The airstrikes were carried out on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at Bone and Mudu in the Yale-Kumshe axis as well as the S Region in Sambisa Forest, the military's spokesman John Enenche told reporters in Abuja. (Nigeria-Boko Haram-Attack)

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said on Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered to pull the majority of U.S. military forces out of Somalia by early 2021.

"As a result of this decision, some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa. However, the remaining forces will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by both U.S. and partner forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations operating in Somalia," the Pentagon said in a statement. (US Somalia forces reduction)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Rohingya refugees from Myanmar should not be forced to move from overcrowded camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, to an island in the Bay of Bengal, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

"We have heard some reports from the camps that some refugees may be feeling pressured into relocating to the island of Bhasan Char or may have changed their initial views about relocation and no longer wish to move," said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "If so, they should be allowed to remain in the camps in Cox's Bazar." (UN-Bangladesh-Refugees)

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