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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, July 15


PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande was scheduled to pay a three-day visit on Thursday to three African countries to put on ground the due regional mission aimed at fighting terrorists in the Sahel region, a local broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

Citing sources close to the presidency, the local broadcaster Europe1 said Hollande would kick off his African tour by visiting Abidjan, the Ivory Cost capital, before heading to Niger on Friday and then to Chad.(France-Hollande)

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MONROVIA -- The government of Liberia on Tuesday said the number of suspected deaths from the Ebola virus as of Monday 14 has climbed to 94.

Liberia's assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah told reporters in Monrovia, the nation's capital city that cumulative cases of the disease now stand at 163. (Liberia-Ebola)

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LAGOS -- The governor of northeast Nigeria's Adamawa State Murtala Nyako has been impeached by the state House of Assembly, sources told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The sources said Nyako, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was removed from his office after the House deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconducts against him.(Nigeria-Governor-Impeach)

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VIENNA -- Participating sides will continue work to bridge the remaining "real gaps" on some key issues in Iranian nuclear talks as the July 20 deadline approaches, while tangible progress has been made on other key issues, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters here on Tuesday.

"There has been tangible progress on key issues ... however, there are also very real gaps on other key issues," Kerry noted. (Iran-Nuclear Talks-Kerry)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi lawmakers on Tuesday voted in Salim al-Jubouri as the speaker of the newly- elected parliament, making a key step to start the process of forming a new government.

Al-Jubouri won 194 votes of lawmakers out of 273 who attended the session.(Iraq-Speaker)

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VIENNA -- Iran still believes a comprehensive deal on the country's nuclear program could be reached by the deadline July 20, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, told reporters here on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Coburg palace, Zarif said Iran is ready to address all the concerns of its nuclear program, and his negotiation team would continue their work to bridge gaps remain in the talks in the last few days. (Iran-FM-Nuclear Talks)