Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 30

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BAKU -- A military helicopter belonging to Azerbaijan's border service crashed Tuesday during a training exercise, claiming 14 lives onboard and injuring two others, authorities said.

The helicopter came down in the northeastern Azerbaijani district of Khizi at about 10:40 a.m. local time (0640 GMT), the border service and Office of the Prosecutor General said in a joint statement.

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QUITO -- Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Monday mandated into law a controversial tax reform bill aimed at raising more than 1.9 billion U.S. dollars over the next two years to alleviate the country's economic crisis.

"The bill takes effect by mandate of the Constitution," the presidency's General Secretariat of Communication said in a statement, adding that enacting the law "means building a new path towards the country's recovery and generating jobs for the Ecuadorians who need it most."

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday warned Israel not to undermine the vision of the two-state solution, which is backed by the international community.

"Undermining the two-state solution would motivate the central council of Palestine Liberation Organization to take decisive decisions," Abbas said in a televised speech.

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NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks realized meaningful growth on Monday following deep losses in the previous session as investors became less nervous about the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 236.60 points, or 0.68 percent, to 35,135.94. The S&P 500 increased 60.65 points, or 1.32 percent, to 4,655.27. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 291.18 points, or 1.88 percent, to 15,782.83. Enditem

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