Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 12

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QUITO -- Ecuador on Thursday announced it revoked the citizenship status given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in December 2017, citing "irregularities" in the naturalization process.

There are "innumerable irregularities in the concession of that nationality," Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Valencia said. (Ecuador-Assange)

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LA PAZ -- At least seven people died and nearly 30 were injured after a bus overturned on a highway in southwest Bolivia, local authorities said Thursday.

The bus, belonging to the company Trans Tupiza, overturned on its left side at the Pan American Highway on the Oruro-Potosi stretch. (Bolivia-Bus-Accident)

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BAGHDAD -- Twelve Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Thursday when Iraqi security forces launched an operation in the Himreen mountain range that stretches in Iraq's central provinces of Salahudin and Diyala.

The operation was carried out during the day by the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), as the troops started clearing a number of villages while conducting an airdrop operation on the nearby mountains, the CTS said in a statement. (Iraq-IS Militants-Operation)

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JERUSALEM -- Official results of Israel's elections were published on Thursday night, showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party has beaten the main rival, the Blue and White party.

The results were released by the Central Election Committee after two days of counting ballots and delays caused by computer malfunctions, according to the committee chairman, Judge Hanan Melcer. (Israel-Election)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on Thursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

"Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Transitional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy," the report said. (Sudan-Military) Enditem

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