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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 31

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- Four paramilitary troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and three militants were killed Sunday in a fierce gunfight in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.

The militants believed to be fidayeen (suicide attackers) stormed the CRPF camp early Sunday near Srinagar-Jammu highway at village Lethpora-Awantipora of district Pulwama, about 26 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (India-Kashimir)

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BAGHDAD -- Thirteen Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Sunday in clashes with paramilitary Hashd Shaabi fighters in Iraq's eastern province e of Diyala, a Hashd Shaabi statement said.

The clashes took place when IS gunmen attacked the Hashd Shaabi posts at villages in north of the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the statement said. (Iraq-IS)

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KABUL -- Up to 12 people have been confirmed dead and 16 others injured after a suicide attacker detonated his explosive device among mourners in a funeral in Jalalabad city, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, a local official said.

"A terrorist blew himself up in the funeral ceremony of former district governor of Haska Mina district this afternoon outside Jalalabad city, killing 12 mourners and injuring 16 others," the official who declined to be named told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Attack)

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KINSHASA -- Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) shot dead two protesters in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, according to a witness on the spot.

The incident occurred as demonstrators held a march in the capital to demand that President Joseph Kabila step down from power. (DRC-Protest) Enditem