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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 7

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BAGHDAD -- Iraq condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the move would put the region on the "brink of a new conflict," Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

"We condemn the decision of U.S. administration, which would put the region and even the world on the brink of a new conflict," Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari said in a statement. (Iraq-Jerusalem)

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WASHINGTON -- Despite global opposition and protests, U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday fulfilled one of his major campaign promises by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and demanded the State Department to develop a plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Experts argued that Trump's decision, a bold step that could change the status quo in a highly sensitive region, is likely to draw rage and revenge, and more importantly, dampen the peace prospect in the Middle East. (U.S.-Trump-Jerusalem, SPOTLIGHT)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that he is "against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians."

"From day one as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians," the UN chief told reporters immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (UN-U.S.-Jerusalem)

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GENEVA -- UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday afternoon met with the Syrian opposition delegation for a bilateral talk, but the Syrian government delegation is still absent from the talks.

The government delegation led by head of Syria's mission to UN, Bashar al-Ja'afari, left the talks last Saturday for a weekend break and did not return on Tuesday, the day set by UN to resume the talks. (UN-Syria-Talks)

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BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled plans to reform the eurozone, including the establishment of a European Monetary Fund.

"After years of crises, it's now time to take Europe's future into our own hands," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. (EU-Eurozone-Reform) Enditem