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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 12

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The UN General Assembly is scheduled to appoint Antonio Guterres as next UN Secretary-General on Thursday to replace the retiring Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 1, 2017.

According to a letter sent by General Assembly President Peter Thomson on Tuesday, the date for the appointment has been set for Oct. 13 at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT) at UN headquarters. (UN-Secretary-General Appointment)

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ATHENS -- Greece has rejected the asylum bids of four more Turkish military officers, who fled to Greece in July after the failed coup attempt in Turkey, their Greek lawyer Stavroula Tomara said Tuesday.

This means seven out of the eight Turkish military officers, who landed at an airport in northern Greece on a Turkish military helicopter, have been denied asylum. (Greece-Turkish Soldiers)

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KABUL -- At least 14 people were killed and over 40 injured Tuesday night after gunmen attacked a shrine in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, where hundreds of mourners were observing Ashura rituals during holy Muslim's month of Maharram, sources said.

"The initial reports found 14 mourners were killed and over 40 wounded in the terrorist attack on Ziarrat-e- Shakhi shrine in western Kabul. The death toll could rise as many injured remained in critical conditions," a security source told Xinhua anonymously. (Afghanistan-Gunmen Attack-Death Toll)

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DAMASCUS -- Dozens of militants with the Islamic State (IS) group were killed Tuesday by a Syrian air strike in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria's national TV reported.

The air strike targeted the IS militants in a cave in the vicinity of the Air Force Faculty, north to the town of Deir Hafer in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, said the report. (Syria-Aleppo-Air strikes)

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NAIROBI -- Kenyan police on Tuesday arrested a British national and two women of Somali origin at a residential estate in Nairobi on suspicion of being Al-Shabaab trainers and recruiters.

A senior police officer confirmed the arrest, saying a major security operation was mounted at Nairobi's up-market Nyali home of the British national identified as only Tom and took him away with the women. (Kenya-Arrest) Endi