Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 27

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NUR-SULTAN -- At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured after a plane of Kazakh airline Bek Air with 100 people aboard crashed early Friday near the country's biggest city of Almaty, local authorities said.

The only Chinese passenger onboard was not injured, as the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan confirmed with the Chinese Consulate-General in Almaty, adding that both the embassy and the consulate-general are maintaining close contact with the local police. (Kazakh-Plane crash-Death)

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ZAGREB -- The biggest border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia was closed on Friday morning due to a bomb alert, Slovenian media reported.

According to the news portal 24ur, the incident happened at the Obrezje-Bregana border crossing, with the explosive device discovered by police in a passenger's suitcase on a bus. (Croatia-Bomb-Border)

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NEW DELHI -- The Indian government has rushed 11 teams to its western state of Gujarat to contain a locust outbreak, officials said on Friday.

Gujarat's Banaskantha, Mehsana, Kutch, Patan and Sabarkantha districts were witnessing an outbreak of locust swarm. (India-Locust-Outbreak)

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NEW DELHI -- A tourist from Norway on Friday was asked to leave India for participating in the ongoing protests against controversial new citizenship law.

The 71-year-old Janne-Mette Johansson posted on her social media account that she was asked to leave India without being offered any explanation. (India-Norway-protests)

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LUSAKA -- At least 21 people were killed in road accidents in Zambia during this year's Christmas period, the police said on Friday.

Zambia Police Deputy Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the toll was a major jump from last year's 13, and the number of injured also rose, from 22 of the previous year to 31 this time around. (Zambia-Christmas-Accidents)

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MANILA -- The Philippines will require Americans to get visas before entering the country if the United States denies entry of Philippine officials involved in the detention of the country's opposition Senator Leila de Lima, the presidential spokesperson said on Friday.

"Should a ban from entry into U.S. territory be enforced against Philippine officials involved in - or by reason of - de Lima's lawful imprisonment, this government will require all Americans intending to come to the Philippines to apply and secure a visa before they can enter Philippine territory," the Philippine Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo told a news conference. (Philippines-U.S.-Visa)

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African police on Friday said they found seven bodies with gunshot wounds dumped near a highway in Johannesburg.

"The bodies were discovered late last night with bullet wounds and one body had burnt wounds," police spokesperson Noxolo Kweza said. "At this stage, it is not clear what happened. It is suspected that the males might have been killed underground and might be part of the ongoing illegal mining activities." (S.Africa-Violence-Deaths) Enditem

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