Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 3

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MOSCOW -- The number of people killed in a residential gas explosion in Russia has increased to 38, the country's Emergency Ministry said Wednesday.

Rescuers found the body of a woman, the 38th victim, under the debris of the collapsed building, TASS news agency cited the ministry's spokesman as saying. (Russia-Explosion-Casualties)

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MOGADISHU -- Ten al-Shabab militants were killed on Thursday in an airstrike of an operation jointly conducted by the United States and Somali forces in southwest Somalia, state news agency reported.

The Somali National News Agency reported that the joint forces conducted the operation against al-Shabab militants at an area about 150 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu. (Somalia-Airstrike)

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NEW YORK -- Global pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to acquire biotech firm Celgene Corp. in a deal worth 74 billion U.S. dollars, the company announced on Thursday.

The combined company will have nine products with more than 1 billion dollars in annual sales, foreseeing significant potential for growth in oncology, immunology, and inflammation and cardiovascular disease. (U.S.-Bristol-Myers Squibb-Celgene takeover)

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STOCKHOLM -- Two more people have been found dead after the train accident in Denmark, Danish police told a press conference on Thursday.

An examination during the night revealed two more fatalities, bringing the death toll up to eight. (Denmark-train accident) Enditem

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