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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, July 16

16 Jul 2020, 15:30 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Seven security personnel were killed after a reconnaissance plane crashed in Turkey's eastern Van Province, the state-run Anadolu agency reported on Thursday, citing Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

Soylu, who has arrived at the accident site, told reporters that the plane crashed on Mount Artos at an altitude of about 2,200 meters on late Wednesday and two pilots were among the dead.

Investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash. (Turkey-Plane-Crash)

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry Thursday morning recorded 606 new deaths and 32,695 more COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 24,915 and total cases to 968,876.

This is said to be the highest single day spike in the number of fresh cases in the country so far.

According to ministry officials, so far 612,815 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement, and the number of active cases in the country right now is 331,146. (India-COVID-19 Cases)

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JAKARTA -- The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday.

At present there are 39 centers for the displaced people including those located in mountainous areas which can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles to deliver logistics, Indriani was quoted by website as saying.

"There are some points that can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles, such as those in mountainous areas in Masamba city where the access is cut off, " she said, adding as bridges in the areas are broken down, the rescuers are trying to find alternative roads through other mountainous areas. (Indonesia-Flood-Casualties)

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BRASILIA -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed Wednesday that he has once again tested positive for the novel coronavirus, roughly a week after he first tested positive for the virus.

"We hope that in the next few days, they will give me a new test and, everything will be fine so that we can return to normal activity," he said in a live broadcast on his Facebook account. (Brazil-Bolsonaro-COVID-19)

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