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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 15

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15 Oct 2021, 11:05 GMT+10

ABUJA -- At least 45 gunmen had been killed in various anti-kidnapping operations by troops in Nigeria's north region, the military said on Thursday.

Bernard Onyeuko, a spokesperson for the military, told reporters at a press briefing in Abuja that some 60 others were arrested during the operations by troops in the northwest and north-central parts of Nigeria in the past two weeks. (Nigeria-Troops-Operation)

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HARARE -- A South African tourist died in a Zimbabwe game park on Wednesday after being trampled by an elephant, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) said Thursday.

ZIMPARKS spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said Michael Bernard Walsh (71) was killed while taking an unguided tour with his son in Mana Pools National park in the north of the country. (Zimbabwe-Elephant-Accident)

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ANKARA -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday met with a senior delegation of Taliban from Afghanistan, the first meeting of its kind since the group took power in August.

"We gave advice to the Taliban administration. We once again said they should be inclusive for the unity of the country. We talked about the importance of including people in the administration from ethnic groups other than the Taliban," Cavusoglu told semi-official Anadolu Agency after he met with the delegation led by Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. (Turkey-Afghanistan-Taliban Delegation)

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ATHENS -- Dozens of people were evacuated in western Greece and greater Athens on Thursday, as torrential rains swept through the country. A motorist was also reported missing.

A rescue operation was underway in an Athens suburb to locate a car that eyewitnesses said had been swept away by floodwaters, Greek national news agency AMNA reported. (Greece-Weather)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Forces loyal to the Yemeni government announced on Thursday the killing of 40 Houthi fighters during an ambush in the country's northeastern oil-rich province of Marib.

"The army units backed by local tribesmen set up a well-planned ambush and targeted the Houthi militia near Jubah district in southern Marib," said a brief statement released by Yemen's Ministry of Defense. (Yemen-Houthi-Ambush)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States and Greece on Thursday renewed a bilateral defense agreement to enhance their security cooperation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and visiting Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias signed an amendment to the U.S.-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA), which has allowed for U.S. forces to train and operate within Greek territory since 1990. (U.S.-Greece)

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