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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, May 18

Xinhua
18 May 2021, 21:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration greenlighted 735 million U.S. dollars sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel, U.S. media reported on Monday.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Washington Post reported that Congress was officially notified of the proposed sale on May 5, nearly a week before the conflict escalated between the Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza. (US-Israel-Arms sale)

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MUMBAI -- At least 146 people have been rescued while 127 remained missing after a barge drifted into the sea during the cyclonic storm on India's western coast, according to the Indian Navy on Tuesday.

The barge carrying 273 people sank on Tuesday morning after cyclonic storm Tauktae, with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour, made landfall on the coast of India's western Gujarat state. (India-Mumbai-Barge-Cyclone)

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PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan -- A total of 12 militants have been confirmed dead as fighting planes struck a Taliban hideout in Azra district of the eastern Logar province on Monday, said an army statement released Tuesday.

Acting on tip-off, the fighting planes targeted a Taliban group's hideout in Kozachatrakai area of the restive Azra district late Monday night, killing 12 armed militants on the spot and injuring three others, the statement said. (Afghanistan-Airstrikes-Taliban)

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