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Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, Dec. 26

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called Wednesday increasing people's income the "number one goal."

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called Wednesday increasing people's income the "number one goal." "We all know that one of the main tasks is to increase the income level of citizens, especially those who earn the lowest level of income," Putin said at a meeting with the Russian government, according to an official transcript. (Russia-Putin-Economy) - - - - LONDON -- British Queen Elizabeth II, in her traditional Christmas Day message broadcast on Wednesday, described 2019 as "quite bumpy", but stressed small steps can make a world of difference. "Small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding," said the Queen, adding "The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference." (UK-Queen) - - - - WASHINGTON -- Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has spent about 120 million U.S. dollars in digital and television advertising since joining the presidential race last month, local media reported on Wednesday. Bloomberg, who runs as a Democrat, is spending in all 50 U.S. states but targeting the big, delegate-rich Super Tuesday states that can make or break his campaign, such as California, Texas and Florida, according to Politico, a top U.S. political website. (US-Bloomberg-Presidential Race Spending) - - - - ADDIS ABABA -- The Ethiopian House of Peoples' Representative (HoPR) has approved an agreement that was signed between the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti to install a cross-border pipeline to transport natural gas. The HoPR, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament, "approved the agreement as it meets international requirements and allow the country to generate foreign currency from gas export," state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Wednesday. (Ethiopia-Djibouti-Gas) Enditem

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