Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 5

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KIEV -- Ukraine has successfully test-fired the new cruise missile "Neptun" developed by the state-run Kiev design bureau Luch, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday.

During the tests, the missile hit a target at a distance of 280 km, Poroshenko wrote on Facebook. (Ukraine-Cruise Missile-Test)

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MOSCOW -- Russia opposes the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and it will respond "in an appropriate manner," Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

"Apparently, our U.S. partners believe that the situation has changed so much that the United States should have such weapons. What is the answer from our side? Simple: we will also have them then," Putin told reporters. (Russia-US-INF Treaty)

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NEW DELHI -- A scientist was killed and three others were injured Wednesday in an explosion inside Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bengaluru city in southern state of Karnataka, officials said.

According to reports the blast was caused after a hydrogen cylinder exploded at laboratory of the institute. (India-Lab-Blast)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday ordered the military and police to arrest those responsible for the recent killing of construction workers and a troop in Papua province.

Widodo reiterated the trans-Papua project would continue despite deadly challenges from insurgents. (Indonesian President-Order-Arrest)

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TOKYO -- The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court in Japan on Wednesday rejected demands from the Okinawa prefectural government to halt the relocation of a controversial U.S. base within Japan's southernmost prefecture despite calls from local officials and residents for the base to be moved off the island.

The Okinawa prefectural government's appeal for the suspension of work for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from the crowded residential area of Ginowan to the less populated Henoko coastal district in Nago, both in Okinawa, was dismissed by a lower court with the ruling upheld by the high court on Wednesday. (Japan-Futenma Base-Relocation) Enditem

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