Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 1

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LONDON -- The stabbing of three people at Manchester railway station on Monday night was being treated as terror related, British police said Tuesday.

The British police launched a "terrorist investigation" into the knife attack, which came on the New Year's Eve. (Britain-Knife Attack)

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MOSCOW -- Seven people were killed in a fire at a private residential house in the Ural city of Orsk in Russia's Orenburg region, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said Tuesday.

The fire was reported to the ministry's regional office at 7:57 a.m. local time (0257 GMT) and was put out within 40 minutes, according to a ministry statement. (Russia-House Fire)

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DHAKA -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League, which clinched a landslide victory in Sunday's violence-hit general election, will form its new cabinet before Jan. 10, the party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader said Tuesday.

Quader, also the country's road transport and bridges minister, told journalists that preparations were underway to form the new government with Hasina as the prime minister. (Bangladesh-New Cabinet)

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LOS ANGELES -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performed the farthest flyby in human history as it approached the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on Tuesday.

The New Horizons made the flyby at 12:33 a.m. EST (0533 GMT) on Jan. 1, passing within 2,200 miles (about 3,540 km) of the surface of Ultima Thule at a velocity of 31,500 miles (about 50,694 km) per hour. (NASA-New Horizons Spacecraft-New Record) Enditem

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