Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Jan. 2

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MEXICO CITY -- At least 16 prisoners were killed, five others wounded after riots occurred Tuesday afternoon in a prison in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, local authorities said Wednesday.

A conflict between different groups of prisoners broke out at 2:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT) at the Regional Center for Social Reintegration in the town of Cieneguillas, about 13 km away from Zacatecas City, the state capital, Ismael Camberos, public security secretary of the Zacatecas state, said at a press conference Wednesday evening. (Mexico-Jail Riots)

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HONG KONG -- A senior Hong Kong police officer said Thursday that rioters shattered Hong Kong people's hope for a peaceful and stable 2020, as a massive procession in Hong Kong Island went ugly again on Wednesday, the New Year's Day.

Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen of Police Public Relations Branch said at a press briefing that the social unrest that crippled Hong Kong in the second half of 2019 went on to the new year. (Hong Kong-Procession)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- The CC4 package of the mega Temburong Bridge linking Brunei's capital Bandar Seri Begawan and Temburong district has been completed, a manager from the contractor, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC), said on Thursday.

Temburong district has been physically isolated from the rest of Brunei, which has hindered the economic growth of the district. A sea-crossing Temburong Bridge is aimed to link the district with the capital. The project is one of the key national balanced development projects promoted by the Brunei government, but also the largest bridge construction project ever in the history of Brunei. (Brunei-Temburong Bridge)

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African trade federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), on Wednesday welcomed the implementation of paid parental leave which comes into effect on January 1.

COSATU's parliament coordinator Matthews Park said workers have spent years fighting for this new law. (South Africa-Parental Leave)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed on Thursday to Athens to sign an agreement for the construction of the Eastern Mediterranean natural gas pipeline with leaders of Greece and Cyprus.

The deal will be signed during a summit meeting of Netanyahu, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (Israel-Greece-Pipeline) Enditem

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