Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Jan. 6

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CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday recognized the newly elected board of directors of the National Assembly, and president of the legislative body, Luis Parra.

"The National Assembly has made a decision and there is a new opposition board of directors headed by Deputy Luis Parra," said Maduro. (Venezuela-Election-National Assembly)

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WASHINGTON -- A massive crash on a highway in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on Sunday morning left five people dead and dozens of others hospitalized, said authorities.

The crash happened at approximately 3:33 a.m. local time (0833 GMT) on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release. (U.S.-Highway-Crash)

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Five militants including a Taliban mine maker were killed as the helicopter gunships stormed a hideout of the insurgents in Aqtash district of the northern Kunduz province on Sunday, provincial governor's spokesman Esmatullah Muradi said Monday.

Acting on tip off the helicopter gunships targeted the hideout of the Taliban fighters in Behsos village of Aqtash district on Sunday evening killing five insurgents including Qari Bilal a mine maker of the armed group on the spot, the official asserted. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Airstrike)

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SYDNEY -- A recreational scuba diver was killed in a suspected Great White Shark attack off the coast of Western Australia (WA) on Sunday, with authorities continuing to search for the man's remains on Monday.

The victim, described as an experienced diver, had entered the water only a short time before being attacked. (Australia-Shark-Attack) Enditem

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