Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 8

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MEXICO CITY -- Two gunmen killed seven people at a restaurant-bar in the Mexican Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen, local officials said Monday.

The attack around 8 p.m. Sunday saw two assailants open fire in the Las Virginias restaurant-bar, then flee aboard a vehicle that was waiting outside. (Mexico-Crime-Tourism)

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PARIS -- The French government was considering a law to toughen sanctions against undeclared protests in order to stop a repeat of violence that marred "yellow vest" demonstrations in recent weeks, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday.

"We must preserve the right to demonstrate in France and we must punish those who want to violate the law," Philippe told TF1 television following more wave of street protests that turned violent in Paris and main French cities at the weekend. (France-Protest-Law)

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, as the partisan fight over his demand for funding a border wall has left the federal government partially shut down for more than two weeks.

"President @realDonaldTrump will travel to the Southern border on Thursday to meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis. More details will be announced soon," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Monday, without elaborating on specific arrangements for the presidential trip. (US-Border Wall)

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WASHINGTON -- World Bank Group (WBG) President Jim Yong Kim announced on Monday that he will be stepping down from his position after more than six years at the international lending institution.

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will assume the role of interim president effective Feb. 1, the World Bank said in a statement. (World Bank-Jim Yong Kim) Enditem

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