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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 18

18 Sep 2023, 10:18 GMT+10

BAGHDAD -- A Turkish drone strike in northern Iraq on Sunday killed a senior member and three militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Counter-Terrorism Service of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said in a statement.

They were killed at 3:00 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) when a Turkish drone attacked their vehicle on a road in the Chalmir area of Sinjar Mountain, some 120 km west of Nineveh's provincial capital Mosul, the statement said. (Turkish drone attack-Kurdish Militants)

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ABUJA -- At least five people were killed early Sunday in a collision involving three vehicles in Nigeria's southwest region, according to road safety authorities.

The accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway left at least 12 people seriously injured, said the Federal Road Safety Corps in the southwestern state of Ogun. Florence Okpe, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that the collision was caused by a combination of factors, including excessive speeding, a tire blowout, and the loss of control by a truck driver. (Nigeria-Road-Accident)

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VALLETTA -- Senior Chinese and U.S. officials held multiple rounds of meetings in Malta on Saturday and Sunday, agreeing to maintain high-level exchanges and hold consultations on Asia-Pacific issues, maritime affairs as well as foreign policies.

The meetings were between Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. (China-U.S.-ties)

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TRIPOLI -- Health minister of Libya's eastern-based government announced on Sunday that services had resumed in six hospitals in the city of Derna, a week after deadly floods hit eastern part of the country.

"The Crisis and Emergency Committee reactivated six hospitals in the city of Derna for surgeries and they are now using modern equipment," Othman Abdul Jalil told a press conference in the city that was hit hardest by the floods. (Libya-Floods-Hospital-Service Resumption)

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