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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 30

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MONROVIA -- Liberia's electoral body on Friday formally declared George Weah, the candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), as the president-elect following a presidential run-off election on Tuesday.

Head of the National Elections Commission Jerome Korkoya, at a press conference in Monrovia, said Weah recorded 61.5 percent of the total votes cast, with a total of 732,185 votes while Joseph Boakai, the incumbent vice president and presidential candidate of the governing Unity Party, recorded 38.5 percent votes with a total of 467,579 votes. (Liberia-Election)

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PARIS -- Two French suspects were placed under formal investigation on charges of planning terrorist attacks in France, news channel BFMTV reported on Friday.

A 21-year-old man and a female suspect, 19, were accused of "criminal conspiracy in relation to a criminal terrorist enterprise", according to the report. (France-Terrorism)

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NEW DELHI -- At least four people were killed and six others seriously injured in a major road accident in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on Saturday, police said.

"The accident occurred when a passenger van collided head-on with a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction on the busy National Highway number 200 near Baunsadola in the state's Jajpur district," local police official S.K. Das told the media. (India-Road Incident)

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SANAA -- At least 20 civilians were killed on Saturday when Saudi-led coalition fighter jets hit Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, witnesses and a medical source told Xinhua.

The warplanes struck three taxis full of travelers near a crowded restaurant in the city, killing a number of people, including women and children. Dozens of clients inside the restaurant were also killed or injured, according to witnesses. (Yemen-Conflict)

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BAQUBA, Iraq -- A local leader of Islamic State (IS) group and two of the group's militant were killed Friday in an airstrike in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source said.

Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi aircraft bombarded an IS hideout in Wadi Thlab area, some 90 km northeast of the provincial capital Baquab, destroying the hideout and killing the three militants, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Islamic State) Enditem