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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 14

14 May 2022, 11:05 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke over the phone on Friday, marking the first call between the two since Russia launched the special military operation in Ukraine.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a brief statement following the call that Austin "urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication." (US-Russia-Ukraine)

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DAMASCUS -- Five people were killed and seven others injured after Israel attacked military sites in central Syria on Friday, state news agency SANA reported.

Several missiles fired by Israel hit targets near the Masyaf area of Hama province, SANA reported, citing a military statement. (Syria-Israel-Attack-Casualty)

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NEW DELHI -- At least 16 people were killed Friday in a devastating fire inside a commercial building in the Indian capital, officials said.

The fire broke out at around 4:40 p.m. local time in the building located near the Mundka metro station in outer Delhi.

"A total of 16 bodies were recovered from the three-storey commercial building which had caught fire this evening near Delhi's Mundka metro station," Atul Garg, director of the Delhi fire service, told local media. (India-Fire-Deaths)

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JOHANNESBURG -- A total of 447 people have lost their lives as a result of floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province while 89 others are still missing, said the police Friday.

The National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola made the disclosure in Durban during the send-off of the rescue teams that were looking for the victims of floods. (South Africa-Flood-Casualty)

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BRUSSELS -- An investigation has concluded that 62 people came down with salmonella after consuming Kinder chocolate products made at a Ferrero factory in Arlon, Belgium, back in April, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said in a press release on Friday.

The investigation was carried out jointly by the FASFC, the National Reference Laboratory for Salmonella, and Belgium's Agency for a Quality Life and the Common Community Commission Brussels. (Belgium-Kinder)

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DUBAI -- Leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday mourned the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the second president of the UAE and the 16th ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, who died at the age of 73.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, said on his official Twitter account that "with great sadness, we mourn the death of our leader and President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Khalifa was a dedicated leader who served and loved his people, a love they reciprocated." (UAE-President-Pass Away-Mourn)

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