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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 5

05 Oct 2022, 10:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- At least 105 people were killed in the U.S. states of Florida and North Carolina by Hurricane Ian, U.S. media reported on Monday.

At least 54 persons died in Florida's Lee County alone, said the reports. Local authorities are being questioned about whether evacuation orders should have been issued earlier. (US-Hurricane-Death Toll)

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UNITED NATIONS -- A UN spokesman said that an explosive device on Tuesday killed three Bangladesh members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

Their vehicle hit an explosive device overnight during a patrol, 5 km from the mission's temporary base in Ouhadm-Pende prefecture, said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. A fourth peacekeeper, seriously injured, is being treated in Bouar. (UN-Peacekeepers-Death)

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DHAKA -- At least three people were killed and 17 went missing after a boat carrying scores of people mostly Rohingya refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, some 400 km southeast of the capital Dhaka, on Tuesday morning, an official said.

"We've recovered three bodies," Lieutenant Commander Ashiq Ahmed of the Bangladesh Coast Guard told Xinhua. (Bangladesh-Boat-Capsizing)

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SOFIA -- One person died and two others are missing in an explosion at a fireworks factory on Tuesday in the Bulgarian town of Kazanlak, some 200 km east of the country's capital Sofia, officials said.

The accident occurred at around 11:06 a.m. local time (0806 GMT), local law enforcement officials said at a press conference. (Bulgaria-Blast-Factory)

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