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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 5

06 Mar 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Friday that a plot to hijack a passenger plane flying from Ahvaz to Mashhad was thwarted on Thursday.

"A conspiracy to hijack a Fokker 100 aircraft belonging to Iran Air was neutralized thanks to the vigilance of the IRGC flight security unit," the IRGC public relations office said in a statement published on its official website. (Iran-Hijack-Plot)

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RIYADH -- The Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen foiled on Friday an attack by Houthi militia toward the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a coalition spokesman.

Turki Al Maliki, the coalition spokesman, said the coalition intercepted a bomb-laden drone launched toward Khamis Mushait city in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Arabia-Houthi-Attack)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Friday extended the state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic covering the Tokyo metropolitan area by two weeks to March 21, as infection numbers have not fallen enough for the emergency period to be lifted as scheduled on Sunday.

Suga made the decision to extend the state of emergency for Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama at a meeting of the government's COVID-19 task force. (Japan-PM-Emergency)

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MOSCOW -- Russia's leading telecom operator MTS announced on Friday that it has launched the country's first 5G network for trial use in Moscow.

The network is provided in the 4.9 GHz spectrum band in 14 popular locations in the Russian capital, the company said in a statement. (Russia-5G-Trial Use)

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