Wed, 29 Nov 2023

Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Sept. 29

30 Sep 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD -- The death toll of a blast that hit a religious gathering in Mastung district of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Friday rose to 50, police and health officials said.

Confirming the casualties, Aetzaz Ahmed Goraya, deputy inspector general of Counter-Terrorism Department Police in the provincial capital city of Quetta, told Xinhua that the death toll increased after at least 30 injured people succumbed to injuries during treatment in various hospitals. (Pakistan-Blast)

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HARARE -- Six people died when a light aircraft crashed in Mashava village in Zimbabwe's southeastern Masvingo Province Friday morning, state broadcaster ZBC reported.

According to the broadcaster, the plane, which belonged to the country's leading mining company RioZim, was traveling from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, to Murowa diamond mine in Zvishavane in Midlands Province. (Zimbabwe-Plane Crash-Death)

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KIEV -- The European Union (EU) has provided 81 billion euros (85.95 billion U.S. dollars) in aid for Ukraine since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Ukrinform news agency reported Friday, citing European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The sum includes financial support and military and humanitarian aid, according to the report. (Ukraine-EU-Aid)

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WASHINGTON -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated on Thursday that it maintains its expectation that China will achieve its growth target of approximately 5 percent in 2023.

"On China, what we have seen recently is a slowdown in the economy since the first quarter. However, the very recent data has been a bit more mixed, with some signs of stabilization," IMF spokesperson Julie Kozack said at a press briefing in response to a question from Xinhua. (IMF-China-Economy)

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