Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 30

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Two persons were killed in clashes near Egypt's iconic square of Tahrir by cartouche shots, official Ahram online reported Wednesday.

The first victim was killed by a birdshot in the head and transferred to Kaser El Aany hospital, while the corpse of the second victim was found thrown in Abdel Moniem Reyad Square, near Tahrir, by a protestor. (Egypt-Clash)

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ANKARA -- An explosion occurred at a galvanization plant in the province of Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey killed eight people and wounded 13 others on Wednesday, private Dogan news agency reported.

The injured are not in critical condition, according to the report. (Turkey-Blast)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that holding direct talks with the United States is not a "red line" for Iran, Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.

Larijani said the Islamic republic anticipates the change of U. S. attitude towards Iran in "action." (Iran-US-Talks)

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BAMAKO, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Malian Parliament unanimously adopted a roadmap for the transition during an extraordinary session, a parliamentary source said on Tuesday.

A total of 139 elected representatives voted yes to the roadmap which will guide the transition period. (Mali-Roadmap) Endi

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