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China unveils cabinet reshuffle plan
Xinhua, Beijing
China on Tuesday unveiled a massive cabinet reshuffle plan to make the government better-structured, more efficient, and service-oriented.
The institutional reform plan of the State Council will be submitted to the on-going first session of the 13th National People's Congress for deliberations.
There will be 26 ministries and commissions of the State Council after the reshuffle, according to a document on the plan available to media.

13 dead in inferno after Turkey bus crash
AFP, Istanbul
Thirteen people including children were killed and 20 others injured Tuesday when a Turkish passenger bus burst into flames after colliding with a truck in northern Anatolia, state media reported.
The bus, which was travelling from Istanbul to the northern city of Tokat, hit the truck on a motorway in Corum province early in the morning, according to the government-run Andalou news agency.

Car bomb kills 3 in Aden
AP, Sanaa
A car bomb went off on Tuesday outside a supply post belonging to a Yemeni security force backed by the United Arab Emirates in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least three people, security officials said.
The attack injured five other people including two children, they said.
The officials said the blast shook Aden and sent a column of black smoke skyward.

Saudi crown prince to visit WH Mar 20
AFP, Washington
US President Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, the White House said Monday.
"The president looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia," spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in announcing the meeting.The hugely influential Saudi prince is visiting Egypt, Britain and the United States as part of a long foreign trip, his first as crown prince.

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