Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, March 14

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TEHRAN -- At least two people were killed on Thursday in an explosion of the pipelines that link the gas network from Mahshahr city to Ahvaz city in southwestern Iran, local media reported. (Iran-Pipeline Explosion)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Five militants, including a group commander, were killed as a clash erupted in Dahna-e-Ghori district of the northern Baghlan province on Wednesday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Thursday.

The clash, according to the official, erupted in Chashma-e-Shir area of the restive district Wednesday afternoon after the militants wanted to disrupt traffic on a road linking the provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri to Samangan province. (Afghanistan-Clash)

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LOS ANGELES -- The 2017 devastating wildfire in western U.S. state of California, dubbed the Thomas Fire, was started by power lines coming into contact in high winds, said officials on Wednesday after a more than one-year probe.

The Thomas Fire, starting on Dec. 4, 2017, burned about 1,140 square km in total in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and destroyed more than 1,000 structures in nearly 40 days. (US-California-Wildfire)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating dipped to the lowest level since he took office in May 2017, a weekly poll showed on Thursday.

According to the Realmeter survey, support for Moon declined 1.3 percentage points over the week to 45 percent this week, marking the lowest since Moon's inauguration. (South Korea-Moon Jae-in-Approval Rating) Enditem

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