Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 31

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YANGON -- A total of 15 people were killed and 25 others injured as a car plunged into a ravine in Myanmar's Bago region, an official from Oaktwin police station told Xinhua Sunday.

A six-wheeled truck carrying 40 people aboard Saturday crashed into a reflective road sign and fell into the nearby ravine on Paukkhaung-Oaktwin road at 06:30 p.m. local time. (Myanmar-Road accident)

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GAZA -- Israel on Sunday reopened the border crossing points with the Gaza Strip after six days of their closure amid growing tensions with Hamas and other factions in the enclave.

The commercial crossing of Kerem Shalom in the southern Gaza Strip was reopened for goods, said Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian official in charge of coordinating the shipment of goods into the Gaza Strip through the border crossing points. (Israel-Gaza-Crossings)

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KIEV -- The voter turnout in Ukraine's presidential elections reached 45.11 percent as of 3 p.m. local time (1200 GMT), seven hours after voting started, the country's Central Electoral Commission (CEC) said on Sunday.

The CEC's figure is based on the data provided by 195 out of 199 electoral districts across the country. (Ukraine-Presidential-Election)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia will immediately construct temporary shelters for victims of flash floods and landslides, which destroyed over 2,000 houses and killed 112 people in eastern Papua province, a senior disaster management official said Sunday.

The catastrophe striking Jayapura district on March 16 forced nearly 12,000 people to flee home after their houses were rattled by the current, and buried by soils, said Dodi Sambodo, spokesman of joint command post for emergency relief efforts in the province. (Indonesia-Shelter-Disaster) Enditem

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