Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 29

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BRUSSELS -- Donald Tusk, the outgoing president of the European Council, handed over the post to former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel here at a ceremony on Friday morning.

The head of the European Council chairs the gatherings of European Union (EU) member states' leaders, drives forward its work, and ensures the EU's external representation on issues concerning its common foreign and security policy. (Belgium-European Council-Donald Tusk)

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LONDON -- A man has been detained by police after gunfire reports at London Bridge here on Friday.

London Bridge has been cordoned off by police after reports of gun shots. The Met Police then confirmed that a man has been detained by police and they believe a number of people have been injured. (Britain-Gunfire)

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FRANKFURT -- German car manufacturer Daimler AG announced Friday that it plans to cut thousands of jobs worldwide by the end of 2022 to reduce costs amid the auto industry transformation.

The maker of Mercedes-Benz said it would reduce staff costs by around 1.4 billion euros (1.54 billion U.S. dollars) by the end of 2022 and, among other things, to reduce the number of management positions worldwide by 10 percent. (Germany-Daimler-Job)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the unexpected visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Afghanistan is an "insult" to the Afghan people's independence, Tehran Times daily reported.

The Americans enter countries in the region "without any permission," Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"They neither go to that country's government nor its capital city. They have their own military base there and go to their base," he added, noting "they insult officially the nations' independence and freedom." (Iran-Trump-Afghanistan) Enditem

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