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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 21


ABUJA -- Death toll of the twin blast on a busy market road in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday rose to 118, after casualty figures were further collated from various health facilities, an official told reporters here.0 Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Emergency (NEMA) in Nigeria's north central region, said more lifeless bodies may be trapped in debris of buildings which collapsed following the loud blasts. (Nigeria-Blasts, ROUNDUP)

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SANAA -- At least 27 people were killed when Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels launched attacks on an army position in northern Yemen on Tuesday, military officials said.

The attack targeted an army position in the western outskirts of the northern province of Amran, some 50 km north of the capital Sanaa. The attack sparked hours-long gunfight between the soldiers and the Shiite rebels. (Yemen-Attack)

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CAIRO -- Gunmen killed three policemen and injured nine others on Monday night at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Three militants stepped out of a car and opened fire randomly on a security checkpoint outside the university and then fled the scene, the statement said. (Egypt-Gunmen)

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NAY PYI TAW -- The 4th ASEAN-China Defense Ministers Informal Meeting was held in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, gathering visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan, defense leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and official of the ASEAN Secretariat. (ASEAN-China-DM Meeting)