Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Nov. 7

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Washington next week, ending the speculation that the Turkish president might call off the trip given the delicate bilateral ties.

Trump tweeted that he had "a very good call" with Erdogan, saying he looks forward to meeting his Turkish counterpart on Nov. 13 at the White House. (US-Turkey-Ties)

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TEHRAN -- Iran resumed uranium enrichment at Fordow nuclear facility in the early hours of Thursday after a break-off period since the clinch of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that it officially started injecting Uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into the centrifuges at the underground Fordow nuclear plant. Its spokesman said the injection of UF6 is monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran's move came as the fourth step to scale back its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). (Iran-Fordow-UF6)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday that the panel's first open hearings as part of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will begin next week.

Schiff tweeted that they will hear from William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, an expert on Ukraine and Russia who serves as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, on Nov. 13. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify on Nov. 15.

Schiff's announcement came after several weeks of closed-door depositions by former and current Trump administration officials with House panels leading the impeachment inquiry amid escalating partisan battles. (US-Trump-Impeachment Inquiry)

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MANILA -- Eight people were killed and four others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a passenger van in Camarines Sur province south of the capital Manila, police said on Thursday.

Police said the accident occurred on Wednesday night along a highway in Pamplona town. The bus was travelling to Manila when the driver lost control of the vehicle in avoiding a tricycle. (Philippines-Bus Crash) Enditem

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