Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Oct. 27

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a U.S. military operation in Syria.

Speaking in the White House, Trump said U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a raid Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria, during which al-Baghdadi killed himself by igniting a suicide vest.

No U.S. personnel were killed in the operation, Trump said. (US-IS-Baghdadi)

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DAMASCUS -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday began withdrawing from the Syrian-Turkish border as part of a recent Russian-Turkish understanding, state news agency SANA reported.

The head of the media office of the SDF was cited by Russia Today TV as saying the SDF withdrawal from the borderline comes after Russia made guarantees to the Kurdish forces. (Turkey-Syria-Pullout)

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MADRID -- At least three people were arrested and 44 injured after violence returned to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday night with clashes between police and Catalan separatist demonstrators, according to local media reports and regional health authorities.

Violent demonstrations broke out following a peaceful march organized by a range of pro-independence groups against the prison sentences of between nine and 13 years given to Catalan separatist leaders on Oct. 14 by the Spanish Supreme Court. (Spain-Catalonia-Protest)

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KATHMANDU -- In a bid to enhance connectivity between the two neighbors, a Nepal-China joint venture company Himalaya Airlines started the operation of direct flights from Kathmandu to the Chinese capital city Beijing from Sunday.

Organizing a special function at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the company launched its maiden flight amid the presence of Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi among others. (Nepal-China-Flights) Enditem

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