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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 23

23 Jan 2023, 10:44 GMT+10

DAMASCUS -- A total of 16 civilians were killed, and four others wounded on Sunday when their residential building collapsed in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, state news agency SANA reported.

The five-storey building, which the Interior Ministry said had housed seven families in the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud, collapsed due to a water leakage affecting its basis. (Syria-Building Collapse-Casualty)

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BAGHDAD -- The death toll from Saturday's airstrike on Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's Salahudin province rose to five, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

Soldiers found the bodies of two IS militants and human body parts of three other militants in the IS hideout that was bombed on Saturday by Iraqi aircraft in a rocky area in eastern Salahudin, in addition to weapons and an ammunition cache, according to a statement from the Joint Operations Command. (Iraq-Islamic State-Airstrike)

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MOGADISHU -- The Somali troops on Sunday killed six al-Shabab militants and ended the hours-long siege by the al-Qaeda-linked network in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, authorities said.

A statement from Somalia's Ministry of Information said that five civilians were also killed in the suicide bomb attacks and gunfire that occurred at the administrative headquarter of the Benadir region in Hamar-Weyne financial district. (Somalia-Counterterrorism-Shabab)

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WINDHOEK -- COVID-19 is blamed as one of the causes of the poor results of the 2022 senior secondary certificate ordinary level and senior secondary certificate advanced subsidiary in Namibia due to the loss of face-to-face teaching and learning time at the pandemic's peak.

Out of more than 38,000 students who sat for the 2022 high school examinations, just about 5,000 passed. (Namibia-COVID-19-High School)

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