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World news briefs — compiled Dec. 15

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CHINA

Moon rover, lander on track

Chinese state media said the country’s first rover on the moon and the landing vehicle that took it there have taken photos of each other Sunday night on the lunar surface. The color images showed the Chinese national flag on the rover named Yutu, or “Jade Rabbit,” after a mythological creature. Lunar program officials said the photographs showed that the landing vehicle and rover functioned well and the mission was a success. The Chang’e 3 landed on the moon on Saturday evening. It was the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.

ISRAEL

Soldier killed along border

An Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese army sniper late Sunday as he drove along the border, the Israeli military said, drawing Israeli threats of retaliation. The shooting near Rosh Hanikra raised the possibility of renewed fighting in the volatile area, which has remained mostly quiet since a month-long war in the summer of 2006.

SWEDEN

Neo-Nazis attack protesters

Police said around 28 people were detained after a group of neo-Nazis attacked an anti-Nazism demonstration in a Stockholm suburb by hurling bottles, torches and firecrackers. A police spokesman said two people were hospitalized and a policeman was injured in the back after being hit by a heavy object.

VENEZUELA

Plane deemed clear of threat

Searchers turned up no evidence of explosives on a Paris-bound Air France plane that was grounded after French intelligence authorities warned that terrorists might be planning to blow it up, Venezuela’s government said Sunday. More than 60 technicians, bomb experts and a canine team made two exhaustive searches of the aircraft and passenger luggage Saturday night and a third one Sunday with representatives of the airline, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said. He said that although no signs of any explosives were found, authorities would closely monitor all Air France flights entering and leaving the country.

Compiled from wire reports.


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