Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 15

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DAMASCUS -- Israel launched airstrikes on the T-4 air base in the central Syrian province of Homs on Tuesday, but causing no major damages.

The Israeli warplanes fired several missiles on the base, most of which were intercepted by the Syrian air defense forces. Four missiles hit the base, the Syrian army said in a statement. (Syria-Israel-Airstrike)

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DUBLIN -- Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced on Tuesday that the country will hold general elections on Feb. 8.

In a statement issued by the Irish Government Press Office, Varadkar said that he had informed his cabinet about his election date decision on Tuesday morning and would ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve the Dail (lower house of the Irish parliament) in order to pave the way for the election. (Ireland-Election)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 62 people were killed, 53 injured while 28 still missing in separate incidents of avalanches and rainfall in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.

A total of 58 houses were fully destroyed while 82 others got partially damaged in separate snow and rain triggered accidents in the territory, a handout by the disaster management authority of the Pakistan-controlled Kashmir said. (Pakistan-Avalanche-Death)

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ISTANBUL -- The head of the UN-recognized government in Libya and the United States ambassador to Turkey met in Istanbul on Tuesday, local media reported.

Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield discussed "common interests of the two countries", Haberturk, an online news portal reported, citing a source at the U.S. embassy in Ankara. (Turkey-Libya-Talk) Enditem

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