Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 27

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ZAGREB -- The Croatian Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday that a Kiowa military helicopter had crashed into the Adriatic Sea between Zablace and Zlarin in the Sibenik archipelago, killing one pilot.

The helicopter was on a training flight that began at 10:30 a.m. local time and crashed at 11:06 a.m., it said, adding that two naval police vessels were dispatched to the scene immediately after the incident. (Croatia-Helicopter-Crash)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- At least 4,500 people in six villages in Kilwa district in Tanzania's southern region of Lindi have been made homeless after their houses were demolished by ongoing torrential rains, an official said on Monday.

"At least 4,500 people from the six villages have been accommodated in schools and churches after their houses were swept away by flash floods caused by ongoing heavy rains this week," said Christopher Ngubiagai, Kilwa district commissioner. (Tanzania-Flood-Homeless)

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ZAGREB -- Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec on Monday announced his resignation and called for a snap election in the European country, the official news agency STA has reported.

During a press conference in the capital Ljubljana, Sarec said he was resigning as he was unable to achieve his aims within the current form of the minority government. (Slovenia-PM-Resignation)

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KABUL -- A passenger plane crashed in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Monday with dozens killed or injured, a member of provincial council Khaliqdad Akbari said to local media.

The crash took place in the Taliban-held area of Sadokhil in Deh Yak district in the afternoon, he said. (Afghanistan-Plane-Crash)

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BEIRUT -- At least 27 people were injured in Beirut's downtown on Monday in heavy clashes between the Lebanese army, security forces and protesters who attempted to prevent the parliament from convening to discuss the 2020 budget, MTV local TV channel reported.

Protesters destroyed wire fences that are placed around the parliament to break into the area while throwing stones at security forces and the Lebanese army. (Lebanon-Security-Clash)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the overnight rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in central Baghdad will not affect the flourishing level of strategic relations between Baghdad and Washington.

A statement by the ministry expressed Iraq's keenness on bilateral relations and mutual interests with the United States, and confirmed the ministry's categorical rejection, and its condemnation of the attack that targeted the U.S. embassy with Katyusha rockets. (Iraq-U.S.-Attack)

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ATHENS -- Fourteen Syrian refugees were injured in a car crash in northern Greece on Monday, with a suspected smuggler fleeing the site, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.

The driver of the vehicle that was carrying the refugees did not stop for a police check on the national highway connecting the cities of Kavala and Thessaloniki, near the land border with Turkey, according to police sources.(Syria-Refugee-Greece) Enditem

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