Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Oct. 14

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Sunday that the United States is planning to withdraw around 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria, where Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces has been underway.

"In the last 24 hours we learned that they (Turkish forces) likely intend to expand their attack further south than originally planned and to the west," Esper told CBS on Sunday morning. (US-Turkey-Syria)

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TOKYO -- Five Chinese crew members died, one missing and another rescued after a Panama registered cargo ship sank late Saturday in Tokyo Bay, where it was anchored as Typhoon Hagibis approached, the Chinese embassy in Japan confirmed to Xinhua on Monday.

The embassy is in close contact with Japan Coast Guard, urging them to step up its search for the missing, according to an official at the embassy. (Japan-Typhoon Hagibis-Chinese Seamen)

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NEW DELHI -- At least ten persons died and several others were injured when a house collapsed due to cylinder blast in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, media reported on Monday.

The incident occurred on Monday morning when a cylinder exploded inside a two-storey building of a house in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. (India-House Collapse-Toll)

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QUITO -- Seven people have been killed in a wave of anti-government protests in Ecuador, especially the capital Quito, over the past two weeks, the ombudsman's office said on Sunday.

The agency, which is monitoring the human rights situation during the demonstrations sparked by steep fuel hikes, issued a report on the number of fatalities, injuries or arrestees. (Ecuador-Protests-Toll) Enditem

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