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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 11

12 Apr 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

ADEN, Yemen -- More than 47 people were killed in Yemen's oil-rich province of Marib over the past 24 hours as fighting continued to intensify in the conflict-battered Arab country, a local government official told Xinhua.

The government forces engaged in violent armed confrontations with scores of the Houthi militia who were desperately attempting to militarily advance towards the city of Marib, the local source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Marib-Houthi Militia-Killed)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian Health Ministry on Sunday reported 21,063 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 2,070,141.

The pandemic has so far claimed 64,490 lives in Iran, up by 258 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing. (Iran-COVID-19-Cases)

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MANILA -- The Philippines and the United States will start their annual joint military exercise dubbed "Balikatan" on Monday, the Philippine military chief said on Sunday.

This year's exercise is a "scaled-down version" of the previous drills due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Philippine defense and military authorities. (Philippines-US-Joint Military Exercise)

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MOSCOW -- Russia confirmed 8,702 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 4,641,390, the official monitoring and response center said Sunday.

The national COVID-19 death toll rose by 337 to 102,986 in the past day, while the number of recoveries grew by 7,230 to 4,265,509. (Russia-COVID-19-Cases)

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