Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 17

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Saturday announced the full results of the country's snap parliamentary elections, showing prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party taking the lead.

Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, chairman of the Board of Commissioners at IHEC, announced the results at a press conference, without giving details on the political entities or the numbers of seats won by major competing political blocs. (Iraq-Parliamentary Elections)

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HONG KONG -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 jolted Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:30:57 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 29.9485 degrees south latitude and 177.3935 degrees west longitude. (New Zealand-Earthquake)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported another 7,509 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 2,384,542, according to the health ministry.

Some 16 of the new cases are imported, with 7,493 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed. (Malaysia-COVID-19)

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LIMA -- Eight people were killed and more than 20 others were injured after a bus collided with two vehicles on Saturday in the southern department of Arequipa, Peru, local media reported.

The bus, belonging to the company Tuti Tours, was coming from the province of Caylloma when it lost control and collided with two other vehicles, Radio Programs of Peru cited the National Police as saying. (Peru-Bus accident-Casualty)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 51 were community infections in Auckland and Waikato, two were imported cases detected at the border, it said. (New Zealand-COVID-19) Enditem

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