Around the world on 2 December 2020
China’s robotic lunar probe Chang’e-5 mission touched down on the moon’s surface on Tuesday. It will spend a few days exploring its surroundings and collecting surface materials to bring back home, the BBC reports. The plan is to pick up around 2kg of regolith (“soil”) and offload the samples onto an orbiting vessel to return them to Earth.
Iran could bar international inspections of its nuclear facilities if Tehran’s lawmakers pass legislation that would require the US to lift sanctions to allow the inspections to resume, Bloomberg reports.
IN DIPLOMACY- Egypt and Saudi Arabia have voiced support for the establishment of Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, in a joint statement following a meeting between Sameh Shoukry and Saudi FM Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud in Riyadh. The two countries also stressed the importance of ensuring maritime freedom in the Gulf, Bab El Mandeb strait, and the Red Sea, Reuters reports, citing a statement carried on Saudi state TV.