Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 24

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YANGON -- At least 16 people were killed and 48 others injured in a warehouse explosion in Myanmar's eastern Shan state, Nyi Rang, external relation officer of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Lashio, said on Sunday.

The explosion took place in Mongmao town in Wa Self-Administered Division, or "Special Region 2" of Shan state at around 5:00 p.m. local time Saturday. (Myanmar-Explosion-Death)

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MUMBAI -- The death toll from a building collapse in Dharwad town of India's southwestern state Karnataka has risen to 16, officials said on Sunday.

So far, 57 people had been rescued by the disaster response forces of Indian government and Karnataka state and one more body was recovered Saturday night from the debris, said Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad district Deepa Cholan, who is in charge of the rescue operation. (India-Building Collapse-Toll)

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- More than 100 people including 13 civilians have been killed as both the government forces and the Taliban fighters have intensified operations over control of Talawka area in Kunduz city of the northern Kunduz province, provincial police chief Abdul Baqi Nuristani said Sunday.

Nuristani told the media that more than 90 Taliban fighters had been killed and 30 others sustained injuries since Thursday in and around Talawka. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Clash)

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OSLO -- Evacuation of passengers by helicopters from a cruise ship with engine trouble off Norway's western coast was halted on Sunday as the ship was on its way to a port with three of its four engines in operation.

The cruise ship Viking Sky with 1,373 people on board sent out the mayday signal Saturday around 14:00 (1300 GMT) after having engine problems in the stormy weather at Hustadvika, a 19-km long section of coastline in Norway's western county of More og Romsdal. (Norway-Ship-Evacuation)

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BEIRA, Mozambique -- Mozambican authorities said on Sunday that the bodies of 446 victims killed in the disaster caused by Cyclone Idai have been found in the central region of the country.

"The number of deaths rose. Yesterday we had a number of 417 dead bodies, and today (the number) rose to 446 deaths," Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development Celso Correia told reporters from the emergency operations center in Beira, coastal province of Sofala, where the cyclone made landfall. (Mozambique-Cyclone-Toll) Enditem

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