Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 18

JAKARTA– A 6.8- magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s western province of Bengkulu on Friday evening, but did not trigger a tsunami, the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake jolted 212 km SW of Bengkulu at 13:37: 06 GMT on Friday. BAGHDAD– Up to 11 people were killed, and 13 others wounded in…

JAKARTA — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s western province of Bengkulu on Friday evening, but did not trigger a tsunami, the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake jolted 212 km SW of Bengkulu at 13:37:06 GMT on Friday. (Indonesia-Earthquake)

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BAGHDAD — Up to 11 people were killed, and 13 others wounded in Thursday’s gas tank explosion in Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, a provincial official said on Friday.

Governor Haval Abubakir said at a press conference that the huge explosion at a house occurred due to a leak from a liquefied petroleum gas tank used for heating in the Kaziwa neighborhood in the Sulaimaniyah province. (Iraq-Gas Explosion)

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ULAN BATOR — Mongolia has imposed a quarantine regime in seven provinces for an indefinite period due to an outbreak of a highly contagious animal disease affecting sheep and goats.

“As of today, the outbreak of highly infectious animal diseases is relatively calm in our country,” said Khayangaa Bolorchuluun, minister of food, agriculture and light industry, while introducing the country’s winter preparations during a meeting of the parliament session on Friday. (Mongolia-Plague-Quarantine)

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LOS ANGELES — A driver was charged with “attempted murder” after he drove his car into a group of police recruits, which injured 25 of them in California Wednesday morning, authorities said on Thursday.

Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez, 22 years old, “was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and charged with attempted murder on a peace officer(s), additional charges pending,” said the department in a statement, adding that no bail has been granted at this time. (US-Incident-Driver) Enditem

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