Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 19

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MINSK -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Anatoly Markevich as the new culture minister, the presidential press service said Thursday.

Markevich previously served as a president's assistant in the southwestern Brest region, which is well-known for its historic sites and important historical events. (Belarus-Culture Minister-Appointment)

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ISLAMABAD -- Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and one other injured in the exchange of fire with terrorists who attacked a security forces check post in the country's northwestern tribal district of South Waziristan, the Pakistani army said on Thursday.

An army statement said that the terrorists opened fire on a security forces check post near the Pash Ziarat area in South Waziristan late Wednesday night. (Pakistan-Terrorists-Security Forces)

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JAKARTA -- Two people died and thousands others were displaced after floods hit 46 villages in Indonesia's Central Java province, a local official said on Thursday.

Heru Kurniawan, head of the Emergency and Logistics Division of Cilacap District Disaster Management Agency, said the floods had been triggered by heavy rains since Tuesday with overflown rivers. (Indonesia-Floods)

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- A woman was wounded Thursday as troops of India and Pakistan resorted to heavy fire and mortar shelling on the International Border (IB) in Kashmir, officials said.

The two sides exchanged fire, targeting each other's positions on IB in the Kathua district, about 320 km south of the Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Kashmir-Ceasefire-Border) Enditem

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