Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 3

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KATHMANDU -- At least 17 passengers, including seven children, died while about 50 injured in the latest bus accident at Sukute area of Chautara Sangachockgadhi Municipality of Sindhupalchowk district in central Nepal on Sunday, police said.

Madhav Kafle, Deputy Superintendent of Police at District Police Office, Sindhupalchowk told Xinhua on Sunday that the passenger bus skidded off the Araniko Highway and plunged some 500-meter below the Sunkoshi River at around 13:15 local time while travelling from neighbouring Dolakha district to Kathmandu. (Nepal-Accident)

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ABUJA -- At least Six Boko Haram fighters were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight, as they attempted to take over a military base in the northeastern state of Borno, defense sources said on Sunday.

The troops engaged the Boko Haram militants in a gunfight on Friday night, as they targeted the military base in Gwon town of Mafa local government area, located around 10 km north of Maiduguri, the state capital, a senior defense official who preferred anonymity told Xinhua. (Nigeria-Security-Boko)

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PRAGUE -- One of the employees severely burnt in the Friday blast in the state-owned Explosia plant in Czech Republic has died in hospital, according to local media reports on Sunday.

Four workers were seriously injured in the blast in Explosia, a company known as the producer of the Semtex plastic explosive, on Friday morning. The other three were still in hospitals, under critical conditions. (CZ-Blast)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Two Yemeni children were killed and three others injured during a landmine explosion in the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, a local military official told Xinhua.

"A landmine previously planted by the Houthi rebels exploded and struck a civilian vehicle in the district of Tuhyata in Hodeidah, leaving two children killed and three others injured," the official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Explosion-Death)

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TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan -- A total of 15 Taliban fighters including a group commander were killed as their explosive device went off prematurely in the southern Uruzgan province on Sunday, said an army statement released here.

"A Taliban local commander, Mullah Musafir, along with his fighters were going to plant mine on a road in Khas Uruzgan district of the province early this morning, but the device exploded accidentally killing 15 insurgents including Mullah Musafir on the spot," the statement asserted. (Afghanistan-Militants-Killing)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the negotiations with the United States should be prohibited to block Americans' infiltration into the country.

"This prohibition of negotiation (with the U.S.) has a strong logic, as it will block the way of the enemy's infiltration, display the Islamic Republic's impressiveness to the world, and shatter America's false aura before the world," Khamenei was quoted as saying by Press TV. (Iran-US-Talks)

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TOKYO -- The fire that destroyed Shuri Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, is likely to have started from the main hall, police investigators said Sunday.

The fire started shortly before 2:40 a.m. local time last Thursday at the historical castle in Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa. It engulfed seven wooden buildings, covering a total of more than 4,000 square meters, before it was extinguished around 1:30 p.m. local time on Thursday. (Japan-Okinawa-Shuri Castle) Enditem

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