Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Nov. 23

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 17 people were killed and 30 others injured when a bomb went off in Pakistan's northwest tribal region of Orakzai Agency on Friday, local Urdu TV channel Geo News reported.

According to the report, the blast happened at the main gate of a religious seminary in the lower part of Orakzai Agency, one of Pakistan's seven mountainous tribal regions located near the Pakistan-Afghan border. (Pakistan-Blast)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least five people including two policemen were killed on Friday morning in a terrorist attack in the diplomatic area in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, police and hospital officials said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police of Karachi South Region Javed Alam confirmed that two policemen and three other unknown persons were killed when a group of terrorists opened fire at them in the diplomatic zone where several foreign missions are located in Clifton area of Karachi. (Pakistan-Karachi-Attack)

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- At least six militants were killed Friday in a predawn fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The gunfight erupted early Friday at village Sutkipora of Bijbehara in Anantnag district, about 48 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (India-Gunfight)

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SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics, South Korea's tech giant, made a formal apology Friday to former and incumbent workers who had suffered from incurable diseases, such as leukemia, which they got while working at its chip and display panel production lines.

Kim Ki-nam, chief executive at Samsung's device solution division which produces chips and display panels, formally apologized to the victims, saying in a press conference in Seoul that Samsung failed to fully and completely manage health hazards at its semiconductor and LCD panel production lines. (S.Korea-Samsung)

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GENEVA -- The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to set up panels at its Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to decide whether U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports comply with WTO rules, a Geneva trade official said Thursday.

China and the European Union (EU) protested Wednesday along with Mexico, Norway, Russia, Canada and Turkey against measures by Washington which they said are not for national security reasons but for American economic interests.(WTO-U.S.-Tariffs) Enditem

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