Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 8

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the country will keep working with its global partners to neutralize U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Iran will keep working with Europe to put into effect a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which the European countries are devising for trade with Iran despite Washington threats against engagements with Tehran, Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. (Iran-US-Sanction)

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PARIS -- The anti-government "yellow vest" protests would affect the French job market and risk the income of up to 100,000 workers, Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud warned on Tuesday.

"It's about 10,000 employees that are under the threat (to lose their jobs) per week," Penicaud told France's CNews television. (France-Yellow Vest-Job Market)

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JOHANNESBURG -- At least three people were killed and around 300 were left injured when two Metrorail trains collided at Mountain View station in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso told Xinhua that they were still at the scene searching for more bodies. (South Africa-Train Collision)

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ANKARA -- The Turkish presidential spokesman said on Tuesday that the United States should hand over its 16 military bases used for fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria to Turkey or the local authorities after its pullout.

During a press conference following a meeting with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in the capital Ankara, Ibrahim Kalin said the U.S. plans for pullout from Syria is not "slowed down" according to the information Ankara has gathered from American officials. (Turkey-US-Syria) Enditem

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