Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Jan. 2

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HERAT, Afghanistan -- Police have secured the safe release of passengers and their driver abducted in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Saturday, police official Basir Rasouli said.

According to the official, 15 passengers including 10 men, four women and a child, and the driver who had been kidnapped early in the morning were released in good health.

The official, however, didn't provide more details. (Afghanistan-Abduction-Release)

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NEW DELHI -- India's Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday flights from India to Britain will resume on Jan. 6 and operations from Britain to India will begin on Jan. 8.

The clarification comes a day after the civil aviation ministry announced to resume flights between India and Britain from Jan. 8.

The schedule, according to Puri, is valid until Jan. 23. (India-Britain-Flights)

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BEIJING -- The price of bitcoin reached 30,500 U.S. dollars on Saturday, hitting another record high, according to statistics from Coinmarketcap website.

The price of the biggest cryptocurrency has jumped more than 20 percent over the past week, the website said.

Bitcoin's price hit 20,000 dollars on Dec. 16, a record since it was founded in 2009, arousing ecstasy among holders across the world. (Bitcoin-Price)

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LUSAKA -- Seven people died on the spot in Zambia's Chembe district in Luapula Province when a bus lost control and hit them, the police said on Saturday.

The accident happened on Friday evening when the driver lost control of the vehicle which careered off the road and hit pedestrians, killing seven on the spot, according to police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo. (Zambia-Accident) Enditem

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