Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Jan. 25

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ISTANBUL -- At least 20 people have been killed and 1,015 others wounded in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey Friday night, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on Saturday.

The earthquake occurred at 8:55 p.m. local time (1755 GMT) in the province of Elazig at a depth of 6.75 kilometers and was followed by 228 aftershocks, according to the AFAD. (Turkey-Earthquake-Casualty)

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- A total of six militants have been confirmed dead as fighting planes pounded a hideout of Taliban fighters in Balkh district of the northern Balkh province on Friday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Saturday.

The air raids, according to the official, were conducted against Taliban fighters in Buka village of Balkh province on Friday evening killing six armed insurgents on the spot. (Afghanistan-Militant-Kill)

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CHICAGO -- A shooting incident occurred at a cigar lounge outside the U.S. city of Chicago on Friday night, leaving several injured people in need of life-saving aid, authorities said. (US-Chicago-Shooting)

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HOUSTON -- An explosion Friday at a warehouse in Houston killed two workers and injured 20 others, local media reported quoting authorities. (US-Houston-Explosion) Enditem

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