Xinhua world news summary at 0900 GMT, Dec. 3

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. authorities released Monday the identities of two tourists killed last week in Arches National Park in the western U.S. state of Utah.

A family of three fell while traversing a steep slope in the area of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at approximately 07:45 a.m. local time (1545 GMT) on Friday. (U.S.-National Park-Death)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The pilot of a small plane died Monday after it crashed into forest in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo.

The plane crashed en route from Jundiai, a town near Sao Paulo, to Campo de Marte airport in Sao Paulo. (Brazil-Pilot-Death)

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KABUL -- Four Taliban militants were killed and two others arrested by Afghan Special Forces in two provinces, the command of special forces said Tuesday.

"One militant was killed and two others were arrested after troops launched an operation in Nahri Sarraj district of southern Helmand province Monday night. The special forces seized a binocular and destroyed 350 kg explosive materials with some amount of weapons following the raid," the Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Death)

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JAKARTA -- An explosion resulted from a smoke grenade took place in Indonesia's National Monument Park (Monas) near the presidential palace in central Jakarta on Tuesday, injuring two soldiers, Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono said.

The explosion occurred at about 7:20 a.m. Jakarta time and wounded two soldiers who were carrying out routine sport activities on the scene, the police chief said. (Indonesia-Blast-Injury) Enditem

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