Jan. 28 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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India

NEW DELHI — Seven policemen were killed and six others injured in an attack by suspected leftwing rebels in the Palamu district of the central Indian state of Jharkhand Wednesday evening, said local media.

IndiaThe policemen were ambushed by suspected Naxal rebels with improvised explosive devices in a jungle area of the district, according to the reports. The Naxal rebels are estimated at around 10,000 and are active in about 10 states in central and eastern India, mostly in poor rural areas.(India-police-death)
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ARISH, Egypt — At least four military men were killed and 12 others injured on Wednesday in a blast that targeted their armored vehicle in Arish city of Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.

An air raid killed 20 militants and wounded 15 others also on Wednesday at their hideouts near Arish International Airport. Terrorist activities killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule. (Egypt-killing-terrorism)
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TEHRAN — Iran kicked off massive naval drills in its southern waters on Wednesday, the Iranian navy commander said.

The exercises, codenamed “Velayat 94,” stretch over an area of around three million square kilometers from east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, according to Tasnim news agency. (Iran-Naval drills)
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RIYADH — Syrian oppositions have ended their meetings here Wednesday without reaching a final decision over whether they would participate in Syrian peace talks in Geneva, Al Arabia local news reported on Wednesday.

Head of the Kurdish Democratic Party Sheikh Salem Al Muslat told Al Arabia the meeting will continue on Thursday, adding that their fellow opposition members will continue to wait for the UN response of their demands. (Syria-Oppositions)
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LISBON — Portuguese authorities confirmed Wednesday five cases of the Zika virus have been diagnosed, according to the National Health Institute Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

Portuguese Health Minister Adalberto Campos Fernandes said that the Portuguese can be reassured the situation about Zika virus is under control and the risk is confined.(Portugal-Zika) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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