Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 21

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said roughly 1,000 U.S. troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria will be repositioned into western Iraq, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon on Sunday.

"The U.S. withdrawal continues apace from northeast Syria. Again, we're talking weeks not days. We want to be very deliberate and very safe as we go about it," Esper told reporters on Saturday en route to Afghanistan, according to the transcript. (U.S.-Syria-Troops withdrawal)

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WASHINGTON -- Three soldiers were killed and three more injured Sunday when an armored vehicle crashed during training exercises at Fort Stewart in southeastern U.S. state of Georgia, according to a USA Today report.

The soldiers, with the Army's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Three soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, and the others were evacuated to a nearby hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries, said the report. (US-Army-Training accident)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Three people were killed and four others injured in a single vehicle-related crash on Highway 101 in San Jose late Saturday night, local TV network KPIX5 reported Sunday.

An officer of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the crash involved a 2001 Chevrolet Yukon SUV, which slammed into center divider before rolling over. The driver, who was not identified by name, survived the accident with minor injuries. (US-California-Crash)

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TUNIS -- One "terrorist" was killed and another captured by army forces in western Tunisia, according to the Tunisian Defense Ministry on Sunday.

"The army carried out a pre-emptive operation in cooperation with the National Guard in the province of Kasserine, about 200 km west of the capital Tunis," a defense ministry spokesman was quoted by the local Alchourouk newspaper as saying. (Tunisia-Terrorist-Kill) Enditem

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