Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Sept. 15

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NEW DELHI -- At least 12 persons died and around 30 went missing in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday after a boat capsized in the East Godavari district.

A total of 62 people were onboard the ill-fated boat which capsized near the Katchuluru village of the district.

Twenty people, some of whom wore life jackets, were reportedly saved by local villagers, according to media reports. Twelve dead bodies were also recovered from the mishap site, they added.(India-Boat-Tragedy)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued a general amnesty, according to the state news agency SANA.

The presidential pardon covers crimes committed before Sept. 24, except for the fugitives, who must surrender themselves to benefit from the amnesty. The decree minimizes some sentences from execution to life-time hard labor imprisonment. It also covers military service penalties.

The last general amnesty was granted in 2014 and later on, Assad issued a number of amnesties specifically for military service penalties.(Syria-General Amnesty)

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KAMPALA -- At least three people were killed and 18 others critically injured in a road accident involving a regional bus in the eastern district of Bugiri on Sunday, police said here.

Anatoli Katungwesi, the Busoga East regional police commander, told Xinhua by telephone that the fatal accident occurred following a head-on collision between a Kenyan registered Modern Coast bus and a trailer at Nakawa village, along the Bugiri-Kampala Highway.

The bus was traveling from the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa to Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Katungwesi said the accident was caused as a result of reckless driving.(Uganda-Accident) Enditem

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