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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 20

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21 Nov 2022, 02:05 GMT+10

KIEV -- Powerful explosions shook the area of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said, amid escalating conflicts between Ukraine and Russia.

More than a dozen blasts were heard on Sunday close to the Zaporizhzhia NPP and at the site of the plant, the IAEA said in a statement. (Ukraine-Russia-IAEA-Zaporizhzhia Plant)

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ASTANA -- Kazakhstan on Sunday held a snap presidential race, and six candidates, including incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, are running for the Central Asian country's top job.

According to the Central Election Commission, about 11.95 million registered voters will cast their ballots at more than 10,000 polling stations in Kazakhstan and abroad. (Kazakhstan-Presidential Election)

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BAGHDAD -- The Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan said Sunday that 32 Kurdish militants were killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq and Syria.

A statement by the CTS said that more than 25 airstrikes were conducted by the Turkish forces on positions of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in many areas in northern Syria and mountainous areas in northern Iraq. (Iraq-Türkiye-Air Strikes-Death)

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LOS ANGELES -- At least five people were killed and 18 others injured in a shooting on Saturday at a nightclub in the U.S. state of Colorado, said local police.

The incident took place at 11:57 p.m. local time (0657 GMT) at Club Q in Colorado Springs, the second-most populous city in the state, police said. (US-Colorado-Shooting)

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CAIRO -- At least 12 people were killed and 27 others wounded on Sunday in a traffic crash in eastern Egypt, an Egyptian health official said.

The passenger bus of a private company collided with a trailer truck on a highway in Ras Ghareb city of the Red Sea Governorate, Ismail El-Araby, the undersecretary of the health office of the Red Sea Governorate, told Xinhua. (Egypt-Car Accident)

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