Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, July 6

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LOS ANGELES -- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Friday hit southern California at 8:19 p.m. local time (0319 GMT Saturday), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The epicenter is near Ridgercrest, a city located 272 km north of Los Angeles downtown. A nearby area was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake Thursday. (US-California-Earthquake)

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HERAT, Afghanistan -- Up to 19 fighters including nine security personnel and a Taliban key commander Mullah Ghousuding along with nine of his armed men have been killed in Karakh district of the western Herat province, provincial police chief Aminullah Omarkhil said Saturday.

"The Taliban rebels under Mullah Ghousuding attacked security checkpoints in Maluma area of Karakh district in the wee hours of Saturday, triggering fierce fighting which lasted for several hours and resultantly 19 fighters including nine security personnel and 10 militants including the infamous Taliban commander Ghousudin were killed," Omarkhil told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Death)

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MANILA -- Five alleged gunmen were killed in a shootout with soldiers in a roadside checkpoint in Pikit, a town in the southern Philippine province of North Cotabato Friday night, an army spokesman said on Saturday.

Army Major Arvin John Encinas of the Western Mindanao Command said the gunfire occurred around 9 p.m. local time on Friday. (Philippines-Gunman)

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GABORONE -- Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi is under constant threat and Botswanan security forces have taken measures to ensure his safety, a senior intelligence official said here Friday.

Recently, the president had to abandon a trip to Mozambique and return mid-air after Botswanan security forces foiled some suspected attacks on the presidential Jet, Botswana's Director of Intelligence and Security Peter Magosi told a press conference. (Botswana-President-Safety) Enditem

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