Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Feb. 15

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MUNICH -- The 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) kicks off on Friday, focusing on global order reshuffle.

"The world now is not only experiencing a series of smaller and bigger crises, but also an epochal shift. An era is ending, and the rough outlines of a new political age are only beginning to emerge," the Chair of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, said in his opening address. (Germany-MSC)

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MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday announced an early general election for the country on April 28.

The Socialist Party (PSOE) leader made the announcement in a statement to the press from the Palace of Moncloa in Madrid less than 48 hours after his government's proposals for the 2019 budget were defeated in parliament.(Spain-Election)

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PARIS -- France called on Britain to decide on a deal of its divorce from the European Union as soon as possible after British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a further defeat to pass a Brexit motion, a French official said here on Friday.

"Last night's vote in the British Parliament has further heightened the uncertainties rather than dispelling them. It's about time to decide if they want to leave the European Union on friendly terms via an agreement, or if they want to come out abruptly," European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau told RTL radio. (France-Brexit)

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SEOUL -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held talks Friday at the inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, according to local media reports citing Seoul's unification ministry.

South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung met with Hwang Chung Song, deputy chief of the liaison office on the DPRK side. (S.Korea-DPRK-Talk) Enditem

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