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MOSCOW -- A passenger bus collided with a train in a serious traffic accident taking place in Vladimir region east of Moscow on Friday, killing at least 19 people, the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

"At the railway crossing near the Pokrov station in the Petushinsky district of the Vladimir region, a passenger bus collided with a train travelling between the cities of St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod," it said.

According to the Moscow railway press office, the bus was passing a railway crossing near the Pokrov station at 3:39 a.m. (0039 GMT) in the red light while its engine stalled and collided with the train. (Russia-Road Accident)

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KIEV -- The Ukrainian parliament on Friday amended the law on a "special status" to the conflict-hit eastern region of Donbas, extending its term of validity for one year.

According to the statement on the parliament's website, the bill amending the law was supported by 229 votes in favor with the 226 minimum required.

The new legislation means that the Ukrainian authorities may offer a limited self-rule to Donbas for 12 months if certain conditions put forward by Kiev are performed. (Ukrainian-Vote-Special Status Law)

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KABUL -- In the latest airstrikes more than 80 insurgents have been killed in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, local media reported Friday.

Citing military officials, the leading television channel Tolo reported that 88 Taliban fighters have been killed and 78 others injured during the ongoing operations backed by air forces over the past six days in Imam Sahib district of the restive Kunduz province. (Afghanistan-Airstrikes)

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OSLO -- The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for its "efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced.

"The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairperson of the five-member committee, said in her announcement. (Norway-Nobel Peace Prize)

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TOKYO -- Seven more bodies were found in the toppled Chinese fishing vessel after it collided with a tanker early Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 13, according to the Chinese Consulate General in Osaka.

The fishing vessel from the Chinese mainland collided with a tanker of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Thursday in international waters some 400 km north of the Oki Islands in western Japan.

Earlier, one of the 16 crew members on board of the fishing vessel was found dead, three were rescued by nearby fishing vessels, while 12 others were missing. (Japan-Vessel-Collision) Enditem

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