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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 24

Xinhua
24 Jun 2022, 10:49 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES -- At least five people were killed and 35 others were affected Thursday when an apartment caught fire in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, local authorities and medical personnel confirmed.

The fire started at 5:45 a.m. local time in an apartment while the occupants slept, and then spread to the upper floor, forcing the evacuation and rescue of the people living in the 14-story building in the Recoleta neighborhood of northern Buenos Aires. (Argentina-Fire)

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BERLIN -- Germany's government on Thursday declared the second stage of the country's national gas emergency plan, after Russian gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline were reduced to 40 percent of capacity.

"The situation is serious," said Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, describing the cutback in gas supplies as an "economic attack." (Germany-Energy price)

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MEXICO CITY -- At least 12 people were killed in a confrontation between police and armed civilians in the town of El Salto, in west Mexico's Jalisco state, state governor Enrique Alfaro confirmed Thursday.

Four police officers were among the fatal victims, Alfaro said via Twitter. (Mexico-Violence)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate advanced a compromised gun bill in a 65-34 vote on Thursday.

A final vote is expected later in the day or on Friday.

The bill would enhance background checks for gun purchasers younger than 21, provide money to administer "red-flag" laws, and crack down on straw buyers, among other things. (US-Senate-Gun Bill)

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DHAKA -- A total of 68 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy seasonal rains and an onrush of water in parts of Bangladesh, said a report of the country's Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room under the Directorate General of Health Services on Thursday.

Most victims were drowned but some died in snake bites and lightning in the flood-hit areas between May 17 to June 23 this year, said the authorities. (Bangladesh-Floods)

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