Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Feb. 11

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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- Two peopel were killed and six others injured after an avalanche struck their vehicle in Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province, a local official said on Saturday.

The disaster took place on Friday afternoon due to heavy snowfall in the province's Raghistan district, provincial director for Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Mohammad Kamgar said. (Afghanistan-Avalanche)

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MOGADISHU -- The Somali National Army (SNA) and Galmudug regional forces backed by international partners killed 117 al-Shabab militants in a fierce fighting in the central part of the country on Friday evening, a military official said.

The militants were killed during an eight-hour fighting in Donlaye, near Amara town, SNA Infantry Commander Mohamed Tahlil Bihi told Somali National News Agency on Friday. (Somalia-Shabab)

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MANILA -- Four soldiers were killed and another critically wounded after a soldier ran amok and fired at sleeping soldiers on Saturday inside an army camp in northern Mindanao, south of the Philippines, said the Philippine military.

The alleged murder was also shot dead. (Philippines-Army Camp-Shooting)

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YANGON -- Eight people were killed and 13 others injured in traffic accidents on Myanmar's Yangon-Mandalay highway in January this year, the Nay Pyi Taw Expressway Traffic Police Force said on Saturday.

A total of 13 road crashes occurred on the busiest highway in Myanmar in January, causing damage of 20.45 million kyats (over 9,738 U.S. dollars), it added. (Myanmar-Highway-Road Accidents) Enditem

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