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08 Dec 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

JAKARTA -- The death toll in the eruption of Semeru volcano in Lumajang district, Indonesia's East Java province, rose to 34 as of Tuesday afternoon, while 16 others are still under search, an official said.

Four evacuation teams are currently carrying out search operations for victims affected by hot clouds in some points and sand mining locations, Head of the Operations and Alert Section of the Regional Search and Rescue Agency in Surabaya, East Java, I Wayan Suyatna, told journalists on Tuesday. (Indonesia-Volcano-Eruption)

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BERLIN -- Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) signed the coalition agreement of the country's next government on Tuesday.

"This should be a morning for a new start," Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz told a press conference. (Germany-Parties-Coaltion)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and visiting Secretary-General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha discussed on Tuesday the latest regional developments, the presidency's office said in a statement.

"Taha lauded Egypt's efforts which aim to reach political settlements for crises in the region, in the light of the growing turmoil and challenges in the Middle East and Africa," said Bassam Rady, spokesman of the Egyptian presidency. (Egypt-Islamic Organization-Talks)

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KIEV -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephone conversation to inform each other on their positions on Ukraine's crisis, the Ukrainian president's press service reported on Tuesday.

The conversation took place on the eve of a planned video conference between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was slated for later Tuesday. They are expected to discuss issues concerning Ukraine and several other issues. (Ukraine-U.S.-Ties)

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