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China: Government Launches Website On History Of Disputed Islands

Beijing has launched a website claiming rights to the disputed Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku Islands, AFP reported Dec. 31.

China: Officials Fired In Aftermath Of Deadly Explosion

China's government has fired Kunshan city Communist Party boss Guan Aiguo and Mayor Lu Jun for an explosion at a car parts factory in August that killed 146, Reuters reported Dec. 31.

Saudi Arabia: King Is Hospitalized

Saudi King Abdullah has been admitted to a hospital in Riyadh, where he is undergoing medical tests, Reuters reported Dec. 31, citing state media reports.

Israel: U.N. Votes Against Palestinian Statehood

The U.N. Security Council rejected a resolution calling for a Palestinian state and for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Reuters reported Dec. 31.

Venezuela: Central Bank Confirms Recession

The Central Bank of Venezuela confirmed that the country entered a recession in 2014, a bank statement said Dec. 30, Reuters reported.

Gambia: President Lands In Chad

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has landed in Chad, the first time he has been seen since gunmen attempted a coup earlier Dec. 30, The Daily Mail reported.

Russia: Thousands Protest Conviction

Several thousand people rallied near Moscow's Red Square on Dec. 30 to protest the conviction of lawyer and opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his brother, AP reported.

Gambia: Troops Halt Attempted Coup

Gunmen attacked Gambia's capital in an attempted coup, an unnamed diplomat said, Times Live reported Dec. 30.

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