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MANILA -- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the southern Philippines on Friday afternoon killed at least one, the Philippines' Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said on Friday evening.

Ariel Nepomuceno, OCD's administrator, said the office is validating the death reported in Jose Abad Santos, a coastal town in Davao Occidental province. (Philippines-Earthquake-Death)

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MADRID -- Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as Spanish prime minister in a brief ceremony with King Felipe VI of Spain at the royal residence on the outskirts of Madrid on Friday.

The ceremony, held at the Palacio de la Zarzuela, was carried out two hours after Sanchez was confirmed as prime minister in the Official State Bulletin (BOE). (Spain-PM-Pedro Sanchez)

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BRUSSELS -- Luxembourg's new coalition government, led by Prime Minister Luc Frieden, was sworn in on Friday.

Frieden's Christian Social People's Party (CSV), the election winner, holds a significant majority with eight ministers, while the Democratic Party (DP) has seven ministers. The composition of the new government was revealed on Nov. 15, five weeks after the legislative elections last month. (Luxembourg-Election-New Government Luxembourg)

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MOGADISHU -- Floods caused by heavy rains that started early October in Somalia have killed 50 people and displaced more than a half million others, the country's national disaster agency said.

Somalia Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA) said the torrential rains have also caused landslides and flash floods in other parts of Somalia, destroying crops and livestock. (Somalia-Flood-Casualties)

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