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Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Dec. 30

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday night suspended the search and rescue mission for four people on board a helicopter which crashed off the coast of the southern U.S. state of Louisiana, officials said.

The crew searched approximately 180 square miles (466 square kilometers) for eight hours. Pieces of the helicopter have been located, but there remains no sign of the missing, including the pilot and other three oil workers. (US-Helicopter Crash-Search)

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BUCHAREST -- Romania's population continues to decline and the only population group that is increasing in size is the elderly, preliminary census data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) showed on Friday.

The country's current population is 19.05 million, 1.1 million less than in the previous census taken in 2011. (Romania-Census-Population)

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PHNOM PENH -- The death toll in a hotel fire in northwest Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province has risen to 26, as a search and rescue operation was completed, officials said on Friday evening.

"A total of 26 people were pronounced dead, and 57 others got injured in the blaze, as the search operation is over," Sek Sokhom, director of the Banteay Meanchey provincial information department, told Xinhua. (Cambodia-Fire)

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KAMPALA -- At least six people were killed and 30 others injured on Friday after two cross-border buses had a head-on collision in Uganda's western district of Rukiga, police said.

The accident happened after a Rwandan bus and a Kenyan bus had a head-on collision near Satellite Hotel, along the Rukiga-Ntungamo-Mbarara Highway, Elly Mate, Kigezi regional police spokesperson said in a statement. (Uganda-Kampala-Accident)