Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 24

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BAGHDAD -- Five paramilitary Hashd Shaabi members were killed and four others injured on Saturday in an attack by militants of extremist Islamic State (IS) group in Salahudin Province north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, a provincial police source said.

The attack took place in the evening when IS militants attacked the outposts of Hashd Shaabi's 22nd Brigade in the Himreen area in the eastern part of Salahudin, Mohammed al-Bazi told Xinhua. (Iraq-IS Attack-Hashd Shaabi)

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LOS ANGELES -- Larry King, a veteran U.S. talk show host and former CNN interviewer, died on Saturday at the age of 87 after media reported earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," said a statement posted on King's social media account. (U.S.-Larry King)

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ABUJA -- Four people including a woman and three children were killed in a tanker explosion in Nigeria's Delta State, said an official on Saturday.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said 11 others were severely burned as the tanker suddenly exploded while discharging gas at a station in the Agbor area of the state. (Nigeria-Tanker-Explosion)

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MADRID -- Spain's Chief of Defense Staff, General Miguel Angel Villarroya, resigned on Saturday after it was claimed on Friday that he and other high-ranking military officers had received a first dose of the anti-coronavirus vaccine in breach of protocol.

Villarroya presented his resignation to Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles in a letter, in which he said he was stepping down to "preserve the image of the Armed Forces," according to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense. (Spain-Defense Chief-Resignation) Enditem

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