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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, July 2

02 Jul 2020, 20:59 GMT+10

MANILA -- The Philippines has released a total of 15,322 prisoners amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases, the law enforcement body said on Thursday.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government of the Philippines said these inmates called "persons deprived of liberty" jailed in the facilities run by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, were freed from March 17 to June 22. (Philippines-Prisoners-Free)

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MOSCOW -- A total of 77.92 percent of Russians have backed a total of 206 amendments to the country's constitution in a referendum, while 21.27 percent have voted against them, official data released Thursday showed.

The results were displayed on a billboard outside the Russian Central Election Commission, after all of the ballots were counted. (Russia-Constitutional Amendments)

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CAPE TOWN -- A huge explosion at a refinery in Cape Town, South Africa claimed at least two lives and injured several others on Thursday, authorities confirmed.

A man and a woman were killed, and seven others were injured in the accident that took place early Thursday morning, police said. (SA-Explosion)

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NEW DELHI -- At least five people were killed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh due to lightning strikes, officials said Thursday.

The lightning struck during the past 24 hours five districts located east of Lucknow city, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. (India-Lightning-Deaths)

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