Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 30

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KINSHASA -- Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo cast their ballots on Sunday in an election vital to the future of the central African country.

The election, which comes after repeated delays, will produce a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, and is deemed decisive for a peaceful transfer of power. (DRC-Elections)

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MANILA -- The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain in the Philippines has reached 50, the government disaster agency said on Sunday.

The deaths were mostly due to landslides and drowning in the Bicol region, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its latest report released on Sunday night. (Philippines-Landslides-Deaths)

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SEOUL -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), sent a letter Sunday to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Moon's office Blue House.

In the letter, Kim said the leaders of the two Koreas met three times this year and took substantive, bold measures that go beyond old confrontations.

Through the measures, Kim said, the two Koreas deviated from the fear of war and the military tensions, according to Kim Eui-keum, the presidential spokesman. (S.Korea-DPRK-Letter)

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BERLIN -- The Hannover Airport was shut down for several hours on Saturday after a man high on drugs drove a car through a gate and onto the tarmac of the airport, the police said.

A BMW car with Polish license plates entered through a passageway onto the tarmac of the airport around 15:30 local time, prompting a major police response and deployment of explosive teams. (Germany-Hannover Airport-Break-in) Enditem

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