Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, May 15

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BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military said on Wednesday that the U.S. forces are on high alert in Iraq and Syria over fears of "imminent threats" from Iran-backed forces in the region.

"U.S. Central Command, in coordination with Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), has increased the force posture level for all service members assigned to OIR in Iraq and Syria," U.S. Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said in a statement. (US-Iran-Threat)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Sixth Panel of Brazil's Superior Court of Justice granted ex-President Michel Temer temporary release to await trial for corruption.

The former president was jailed on Thursday under an order of preventive arrest, which is an instrument of Brazilian law to ensure the arrest of an accused before trial in order to preserve evidence, avoid the threat to witnesses, and prevent the continuation of a crime. (Brazil-Michel Temer-Temporary Release)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh has tightened security across the country for the peaceful celebration of the largest Buddhist festival, the country's police chief said Tuesday.

"Buddha Purnima," one of the major Buddhist festivals, marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. (Bangladesh-Security)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced Wednesday that it agreed with the major opposition forces on the main rule structures and duration of the transitional period.

"We have agreed on powers of the sovereignty council, the council of ministers and the legislative council," said Lt. Gen. Yasser al-Atta, a TMC member, at a press conference in Khartoum early Wednesday. (Sudan-TMC-Opposition) Enditem

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