Xinhua world news summary at 0900 GMT, Jan. 7

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LIBREVILLE -- Military officers in Gabon on early Monday morning seized the African country's state radio station and announced establishing a national council, local media reported.

A statement was read on radio to criticize President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is now hospitalized in Morocco's capital Rabat in recovery from a stroke. (Gabon-Military-President)

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SUVA -- Evacuees at the Marist Campaigner Institute in Suva, capital of Fiji, have started cleaning their homes, hoping to return home on Monday after tropical cyclone Mona moves away from Fiji.

A Nanuku resident in a squatter settlement in Suva Iosefo Baleinatuvu said all evacuees had a good night sleep and were ready to return to their homes. (Fiji-Cyclone)

- - - - QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan -- At least 21 Afghan soldiers and police personnel and 15 Taliban militants have been killed in clashes in western province of Badghis as fighting rages in the country, a local official said on Monday.

In one incident, three army soldiers, 11 Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and 15 militants were killed after Afghan security forces fought back scores of armed militants who stormed security checkpoints in Qarjaghai locality of Qadis district Sunday night, Abdul Aziz Baig, an official of Provincial Council, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Clashes-Casualties)

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WASHINGTON -- After a weekend of talks between White House officials and Democratic lawmakers, U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday showed no signs of yielding to pressures or giving up his demand funding the construction of a physical barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump tweeted in the evening that his administration is now planning to build a "steel barrier" rather than "concrete" wall on the southern border following what he said was a "productive" meeting during the day between Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Democratic staffers. (U.S-Gov't,Shut Down) Enditem

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