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Sudan, South Sudan: Threats Are A Declaration Of War, Army Says

South Sudanese army spokesman Philip Aguer said Sudan's threats to pursue rebels in South Sudanese territory is a declaration of war, World Bulletin reported Dec. 19.

India: Government Introduces Massive Tax Reform

India's government introduced new legislation Dec. 19 that lawmakers called the biggest tax reform since independence, Bangkok Post reported.

Iraq: Tribal Leaders To Ask Iran For Aid

Ten prominent tribal leaders from Iraq's Anbar province plan to visit Iran to ask for military equipment for the fight against Islamic State militants, Tasnim News Agency reported Dec. 19, citing an interview in Al-Nahreen.

Germany, Russia: Natural Gas Assets Swap Is Canceled

German chemicals group BASF SE and Russian natural gas giant Gazprom have decided against a natural gas assets swap that was planned for this year because of conflict between the West and Russia, Reuters reported Dec. 19.

Iraq: Kurds Break Siege On Mount Sinjar

Peshmerga forces backed by U.S. coalition forces broke the siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis have been trapped for months, AFP reported Dec. 19.

Iraq: U.S. Denies Ground Forces Involved In Fighting

The U.S. Pentagon denied that U.S. ground troops were taking part in the fight against the Islamic State, Al Jazeera reported Dec. 19.

Venezuela: U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Officials

U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation Dec. 18 that will freeze the assets and bar the visa applications of Venezuelan officials involved in crackdowns on demonstrators in Caracas and around Venezuela earlier in 2014, Reuters reported.

U.S.: Fight Against Militants Will Take Years, General Says

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry said Dec. 18 that he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the Islamic State, Reuters reported.

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