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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Feb. 23

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Czech Police on Monday detained 17 people, including five prisoners, over smuggling drugs into a prison in Bytiz near Pribram, Pribram police spokeswoman Monika Schindlova said on Wednesday.

On Monday, 130 police officers and more than 100 prison staff conducted the raids. If found guilty, those detained could face up to 10 years in jail, said Schindlova. (Czech-Police-Drug)

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PYONGYANG -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday said the death of a DPRK citizen at Kuala Lumpur last week was an "anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket" launched by South Korea.

The DPRK also blamed the Malaysian side for showing unfriendly attitude when handling the case, the official news agency KCNA reported. (DPRK-South Korea-KCNA)

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PARIS -- The chief of staff of French far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday as part of a probe into the alleged misuse of European Union funds, a local daily reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, Catherine Griset was grilled by judicial police over salaries she had received for her work as Le Pen's parliamentary assistant, Le Figaro said on its website, citing a judicial source. (France-Le Pen-Investigation)

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RABAT -- Three family members were killed and four others injured Tuesday night after the partial collapse of their house in the city of Marrakech.

A 46-year-old woman was killed on the spot, while two children aged 4 and 13 years died of their injuries at Marrakech's Mohammed VI University Hospital, said citing medical source. (Rabat-Collapse-Hospital)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Over 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria are facing "devastating" levels of food insecurity, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters here on Wednesday.

Among them, nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition, according to UN statistics. (UN-Somalia-Food) Endi