Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 26

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DAMASCUS -- Russian warplanes carried out on Saturday multiple strikes against the Turkey-backed rebels in the northern countryside of Aleppo Province in northern Syria, a war monitor reported.

On its website, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog group, said "Russian jets have executed three airstrikes on positions of the Turkey-backed factions in Basofan area in the southwest of Afrin city in the northern countryside of Aleppo." (Russia-Turkey-Conflicts)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Saturday that he will hold his first meetings with senior Gulf ministers in New York.

Bennett was set to depart on Saturday night to the United States to address the UN General Assembly on Monday, his office said in a statement. (Israel-Gulf-Meetings)

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BUCHAREST -- Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu was elected Saturday Chairman of the main ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) at the party congress.

Citu, 49, won 60.2 percent of the votes in the voting of nearly 5,000 delegates from around the country, defeating incumbent Chairman and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban who sought a new mandate. (Romania-Ruling Party-New Head)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- At least 40 employees of a steel factory in Tanzania's northern region of Mwanza were injured on Friday afternoon following an explosion, police said on Saturday.

Ramadhan Ng'anzi, the Mwanza regional police commander, said the 40 employees of Nyakato Steel Mill factory in the Mwanza city got injured after a metal exploded throwing galvanized steel into all directions. (Tanzania-Explosion) Enditem

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