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Malaysia: Anwar ready to give statement to police over alleged sexual assault

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (NNN-BERNAMA) — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he is ready to give his statement to the police to assist in the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“In light of the latest allegations against me, I would like to thank the police for expediting their investigation.

“I would like to stress that I am ready to give my statement to the police as soon as possible to facilitate investigation on the matter,” he said in a statement today.

China expects tourism shift from U.S., Australia to Asia for Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aviation regulator said on Thursday it expected a decline in airline capacity and bookings to the United States and Australia over the Lunar New Year period for the first time in nearly four years due to a shift in tourist destinations.

Japan, Thailand and South Korea will rank among the most popular destinations for Chinese travelers for the holiday period early next year, Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) official Yu Biao told reporters at a monthly briefing.

Oil prices rise on OPEC deficit forecast

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Thursday, recouping some of the losses from the previous session that followed a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories, as the market mood switched to relief after OPEC forecast a supply deficit next year.

Brent futures LCOc1 rose 28 cents, or 0.4% to $64.00 a barrel, after skidding 1% on Wednesday on the U.S. stocks build-up.

West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 was up 12 cents, or 0.2%, at $58.88 a barrel, following a 0.8% drop the previous session.

China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s aviation regulator raised “important concerns” with Boeing Co (BA.N) on the reliability and security of design changes to the grounded 737 MAX, it said on Thursday, but declined to comment on when the plane might fly again in China.

China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane based on proposed changes to software and flight control systems according to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) spokesman Liu Luxu told reporters at a monthly briefing.

Russia, Iran, Turkey condemn illegal seizure of oil revenues in Syria — statement

NUR-SULTAN, December 11. /TASS/: The guarantors of the Astana process — Russia, Iran and Turkey — condemn the illegal seizure of oil revenues in Syria, the three countries said in a joint statement following the 14th round of international talks on Syria held in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana.

According to the statement, the three guarantor countries "expressed their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic."

Asian stocks gain on reports Trump plans tariff delay

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday following reports President Donald Trump might delay a weekend tariff hike on Chinese goods.

Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia rose while Tokyo declined.

Investors had been counting on Trump to postpone Sunday’s duty increase on $160 billion of Chinese imports. But with no official action, Wall Street fell for a second day Tuesday.

Hong Kongers await Beijing olive branch after rare calm

10 December 2019; AFP: Hong Kongers have delivered a clarion call for change over the last fortnight with a landslide local election defeat for the government and more than one in ten hitting the streets peacefully on Sunday -- but will Beijing listen?

Monday marks the sixth month anniversary of a movement that has upended the semi-autonomous Chinese hub's reputation for stability and blanketed its streets with unprecedented scenes of political violence.

South Korea's Moon to visit China for trilateral with Japan amid North Korea tension

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit China next week for a trilateral summit with Japan amid rising tension over stalled denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States, Moon’s office said on Tuesday.

Moon is scheduled to arrive in China on Dec. 23, one day before the planned trilateral meeting in the southwestern city of Chengdu with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his spokeswoman Ko Min-jung told a briefing.

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