Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Dec. 7

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BRATISLAVA -- At least five people were killed and 40 others injured in a gas explosion on Friday at a 12-story apartment in the eastern Slovak town of Presov, officials said.

"We have five confirmed casualties so far but the death toll is likely to rise judging from we know from eye witness," said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini at the site of the accident. (Slovakia-Fire-Explosion)

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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- A quantity of explosives detonated accidently in Badakhshan province, with a deadly confrontation happening in Faryab province, killing 13 people and wounding 11 others in northern Afghanistan's two provinces on Friday night, authorities said Saturday.

The incident happened midnight Friday in Wardoj district's Tirgaran area of the Badakhshan province, where a group of militants affiliated with the Taliban outfit were transporting the explosives. Six militants were killed and two others wounded, Zalmay Khan, deputy district chief, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Explosion-Kill)

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HANOI -- A fire in a restaurant in Vietnam's northern Vinh Phuc province killed four people and injured another on Saturday, Vietnam News Agency reported.

At around 3:30 a.m. (2030 GMT on Dec. 6), a fire broke out in a restaurant in the province's Khai Quang commune before spreading to a neighboring house. Realizing the fire, some people escaped the building while some others jumped out from the second floor. (Vietnam-Fire-Kill)

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KABUL -- Fifteen Taliban militants have been killed and two others arrested after Afghan Special Forces waged an operation in the country's southern Kandahar province, command of special forces said Saturday.

"The raid was conducted on Friday in Khinjak area, Nish district. One militants' control and command post with several vehicles, some weapons and ammunition were destroyed during the operation Friday," Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Kill) Enditem

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