Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Sept. 12

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BEIJING -- The 23rd China Beijing International High-Tech Expo will be held in Beijing from Sept. 17 to 20, showcasing the latest technological achievements, the expo's organizer said on Saturday.

This year's expo will have an exhibition area of 30,000 square meters in its main venue, and will hold nine promotional events and two forums, according to the Beijing sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. (China-Beijing-High-Tech Expo)

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HERAT, Afghanistan -- Two unknown militants riding a motorbike opened fire on civilians killing seven in the western Herat province on Friday, police spokesman in the province, Abdul Ahad Walizada said Saturday.

The victims were coming out from a mosque in Jabrael area of Herat city at 08:00 p.m. local time when two unknown militants riding a motorbike opened fire, killing seven civilians including three women and a child and wounding five others, the official said. (Afghanistan-Militants-Civilians)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Six militants have been confirmed dead and the Taliban offensive on Burka district in the northern Baghlan province has been repulsed, said an army statement released here Saturday.

According to the statement, the militants launched massive offensive to overrun Burka district, but the security forces retaliated, forcing the militants to flee after leaving six bodies behind and 12 others injured. (Afghanistan-Militants)

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PARIS -- More than 150 people were arrested on Saturday after hundreds of "Yellow Vest" protesters took to streets in the center of Paris to oppose President Emmanuel Macron's fiscal, economic and social policies.

Paris police department said 154 individuals had been detained by 13:00 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) in the capital for holding screwdriver, ice ax, cutting pliers and knives. (France-Yellow Vests-Demonstration)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday to vehemently condemn the announced establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel.

"Undoubtedly, the oppressed and right-seeking people of Palestine and the free Muslims in the world will never approve of normalization of relations with the usurping and lawless Israeli regime," the statement said.

The Bahraini authorities have done a "fundamental mistake" "seeking shelter" in Israel instead of "gaining legitimacy from its people," it added. (Iran-Bahrain-Israel)

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NEW DELHI -- Metro rail services in the Indian capital of New Delhi Saturday morning resumed fully after remaining shut for over five months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

All corridors of the Metro network are now operational on all routes and the timing of services will be available as per the pre-COVID-19 schedule of 6:00 a.m. (local time) to 11: 00 p.m. (local time). (India-Metro-Resumes) Enditem

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