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World Daily News In Brief – Thursday 01/12/2022

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. REUTERS

S. African president’s spokesman says announcement imminent after misconduct report

South Africa’s presidency will make an announcement imminently, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesman said on Thursday, a day after a panel report found preliminary evidence that Ramaphosa may have violated his oath of office and committed misconduct.

. AL JAZEERA

US, NATO participants of war – Lavrov

In televised comments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Washington and NATO are participating in the Ukraine war.

. NIKKEI ASIA

Jiang Zemin, China’s post-Tiananmen leader, dies at 96

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, whose rise to power after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown ushered in an unprecedented economic boom as he pulled the country out of diplomatic isolation, has died aged 96.

. THE RIO TIMES

Uruguay will apply to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement despite Mercosur’s warning

The President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, ratified yesterday that the country will apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), despite the warning of the other three Mercosur partners (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay) that they would adopt measures if Montevideo materializes its adhesion to the referred space.

. BAHA

Xi to Michel: China not giving Russia weapons

European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday that Chinese President Xi Jinping “made clear” that Beijing is not providing weapons to Russia for use in the Ukraine war.