Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Dec. 5

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DAMASCUS -- Explosions were heard Sunday inside a U.S. military base in the al-Tanf area in southeastern Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosions occurred after U.S. helicopters flew in the area. (Syria-Explosion-US-Base)

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JAKARTA -- At least 13 people died and 98 others were injured after Mount Semeru in Indonesia's East Java erupted, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday.

"Two bodies have been identified, while others are still in the process," according to the BNPB's spokesman Abdul Muhari. (Indonesia-Volcano Eruption)

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PHNOM PENH -- The body of Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh arrived in Cambodia from France on Sunday for a traditional funeral, a spokesman said.

Ranariddh, president of Funcinpec Party and chairman of the Supreme Privy Advisory Council to the King, died of illness in France on Nov. 28 at the age of 77. (Cambodia-Prince Ranariddh)

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KABUL -- A gang leader of multiple high-profile crimes and theft was killed and eight armed robbers were arrested in two Afghan provinces, multiple source confirmed on Sunday.

In eastern Nangarhar province, the Special Forcers of General Directorate for Intelligence (GDI) conducted an operation against a theft and kidnapping gang on Saturday, the country's national intelligence agency said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Gang-Crime) Enditem

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