Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Dec. 1

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HOUSTON -- George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has died Friday at the age of 94, according to a statement from his office.

The former president passed away at 10:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on Friday, according to the statement. He was survived by his five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings. (US-George H.W. Bush)

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JAKARTA -- Police in Indonesia's Aceh province had recaptured 36 prisoners out of the 113 who fled from the prison in Banda Aceh on Thursday evening, Aceh police spokesman Ery Apriyono said on Saturday.

The police is hunting for the remaining 77 inmates who are still on the run, the spokesman said. (Indonesia-Prison Breaker)

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Friday issued final authorizations that would allow companies to conduct geophysical surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, taking an important step toward possible future oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore.

The National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said it has issued permits for five companies to use seismic airguns to "incidentally" harass marine mammals as part of their testing to find oil and gas deposits under the Atlantic Ocean floor. (US-Atlantic-Oil Drilling)

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LAGOS -- Nigeria's electoral body on Friday green-lighted 73 presidential candidates to run for the February presidency against incumbent President Muhammodu Buhari.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, said in the Nigerian capital of Abuja that a total of 73 political parties fielded nominations as of the deadline for withdrawal and substitution of candidates for the election. (Nigeria-Election) Enditem

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