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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Feb. 21

22 Feb 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

MANILA -- The Philippines has moved over 51,000 people to safer grounds as the approaching tropical storm Dujuan flooded parts of the southern and central Philippines, a government disaster agency said on Sunday.

The Office of Civil Defense said the government has evacuated over 51,000 people in the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, and Dinagat Islands Sunday morning due to massive flooding. (Philippines-Storm-Evacuation)

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LAGOS -- Seven persons were dead after a military plane crashed in Abuja, Nigeria's capital on Sunday, a spokesperson said.

Ibikunle Daramola, the air force spokesperson, confirmed the crash in a statement in Abuja, saying that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, capital of Niger State in the country's central-north region. (Nigeria-Air Plane Crash)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Unidentified gunmen on Sunday kidnapped a security official loyal to Yemen's government in the country's southern port city of Aden, a government official told Xinhua.

"A number of masked gunmen stormed the residential building of Taiz governor in Aden and kidnapped a senior pro-government security official from the same building," the local government source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Kidnap)

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VIENTIANE -- The nationwide elections for the ninth National Assembly (NA) of Laos were held on Sunday.

Some 4.28 million Lao people are eligible to vote to elect 164 NA members out of 224 candidates, and also to elect Provincial People's Councils, the provincial parliaments. (Laos-NA-Election)

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