Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 14

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TRIPOLI -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday condemned attacks on civilian areas and institutions in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which is witnessing violent battles between the UN-backed government forces and the eastern-based army.

"UNSMIL warns that the bombing of schools, hospitals, ambulances and civilian areas is strictly prohibited by International Humanitarian Law," the Mission said in a statement. (Libya-UN-Humanitarian)

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TEHRAN -- The recent floodings in most parts of Iran killed at least 76 people, Press TV reported on Sunday.

The heavy downpours in north, west and southwest of the country also caused hundreds injured. (Iran-Flood-Injured)

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GARDEZ, Afghanistan -- Three security force members and two Taliban militants were killed and nine people were wounded following a gunfight in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia overnight, local police said Sunday.

"The clash started after armed militants stormed security checkpoints in Zurmat district, south of provincial capital. And those among the injured were five security forces and four militants," provincial police spokesman, Sardar Wali Tabasum, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Gunfight)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan police on Sunday said over 200 drunk drivers had been arrested in a special 24 hour operation launched since Saturday morning in order to maintain law and order during the local new year.

The police said 237 drunk drivers had been arrested from across the island while over 6000 cases had been filed against drivers committing various traffic offences during the special 24 hour period. (Sri Lanka-Local New Year-Road Safety)

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DAMASCUS -- Two land mines went off in northern and southern Syria on Sunday, killing one child and wounding seven others, a war monitor reported.

One of the land mines exploded in the Sukkari area in the Aleppo province in northern Syria, killing one child and wounding others while another mine went off in the southern province of Daraa, wounding seven people. (Syria-Land Mines-Kill)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces on Sunday continued operations and airstrikes against the positions of Islamic State (IS) militants in the eastern province of Diyala, killing a militant and destroying several hideouts, security sources said.

Acting on intelligence reports, a joint force from the Iraqi security forces and intelligence service carried out an operation against IS positions in orchards of the town of Abu Saida, some 85 km northeast of Iraq's capital Baghdad, said a statement by Diyala's intelligence service. (Iraq-IS-Operations) Enditem

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