Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Jan. 3

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DHAKA -- The newly elected members of Bangladesh's parliament have taken the oath of office amid an opposition boycott following the Dec. 30 parliamentary election.

Bangladesh's Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury swore in the lawmakers including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ceremony in capital Dhaka on Thursday. (Bangladesh-Parliament)

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the partial government shutdown could continue for days or even weeks due to continued discrepancy between the Congress and the president.

"I don't think any particular progress was made today, but we talked about all aspects of it. It was a civil discussion," McConnell told reporters after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and other congressional leaders. (US-Government Shutdown)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- At least eight Afghan police personnel were killed and two others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in northern Baghlan province overnight, a local official said Thursday.

"The clashes which claimed the lives of eight police and injured two others occurred after several hundred militants stormed the checkpoint named Safar-ba-Khair with guns and rocket propelled grenades along Baghlan-Samangan main road," Safdar Mohseni, an official of the provincial council, told Xinhua. (Afganistan-Police-Attack)

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NEW DELHI -- At least nine people were killed and one went missing after the boat on which they were board capsized in eastern Indian state of Odisha, officials said Thursday.

Officials said so far nine bodies have been recovered from the river Mahanadi. (India-Boat Accident)

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YANGON -- A gunman, who shot dead four border guard forces including a corporal and three privates, in Myawaddy, Myanmar's Kayin state, has been captured dead, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday.

The gunman, Saw Pay Pay, was caught dead near Mae Ka Nae on Wednesday as he was pursued, a military official of the South-East Command was quoted as saying. (Myanmar-Deadly Shooting) Enditem

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