Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Feb. 8

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The death toll from a dam collapse approximately two weeks ago at an iron mine in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has risen to 157, authorities said Thursday.

Another 182 people are listed as missing, and presumed dead, in the accident that occurred on Jan. 25 at the tailings dam owned by the mining giant Vale. (Brazil-Dam-Death)

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KABUL -- Three major suspects were arrested late Thursday, less than 48 hours after the murder of two local Afghan reporters, Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs confirmed on Friday.

"Afghan National Police personnel arrested three suspects in northeastern Takhar province in charges of murdering of two journalists of a local radio in Takhar," the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Journalist-Murder)

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MONTEVIDEO -- Some 13 countries and the European Union (EU) gathered in Montevideo on Thursday to promote a "peaceful and democratic solution" to the Venezuelan crisis, said an EU senior diplomat.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela, Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, underscored the importance of avoiding violence and armed conflicts. (EU-Venezuela-Solution)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council agreed Thursday to hold fewer meetings over the Kosovo issue instead of meeting on the current quarterly basis.

The council will hold three meetings, including Thursday's session, on Kosovo in 2019, and two annually from 2020 onward. (UN-Kosovo-Meeting) Enditem

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