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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 19

19 Sep 2020, 10:30 GMT+10

DUBLIN -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin on Friday evening declared a Level 3 response for the country's capital Dublin in order to suppress the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city over the past few weeks.

The Level 3 response, a new mechanism introduced by the Irish government to take corresponding restrictive measures according to the different risk levels of the pandemic in the country, will take effect from midnight Friday and remain in place for three weeks until Oct. 9. (Ireland-COVID-19)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Women's executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on Friday called for bold policies to prevent the reversal of women's cause as a result of COVID-19.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, a blueprint for advancing women's rights. But COVID-19 threatens to undo the gains made on gender equality in the past 25 years, said Mlambo-Ngcuka. (UN-Women-Cause)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday called for a nationwide ceasefire in the country, on the basis of relative calm situation on the ground.

"While Syria is calmer than before, worrying incidents continue that could destabilize that calm," Pedersen said at the Security Council. (UN-Pedersen-Syria-Ceasefire)

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OTTAWA -- Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the cross-border closure to non-essential travels for another month until Oct. 21 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Friday.

"We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until October 21st, 2020. We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe," Blair tweeted. (Canada-US border closure)

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BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb exploded on Friday near a convoy of trucks carrying equipment belonging to the U.S.-led coalition forces in Salahudin province in the north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.

The explosion took place in the evening when a convoy of vehicles of an Iraqi company contracted with the international coalition in Iraq was moving in al-Ishaqi area, some 100 km north of Baghdad, leaving a soldier wounded, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement. (Iraq-Bomb)

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VALLETTA -- Seven police officers were injured, two of them seriously, during a riot that broke out in one of Malta's detention centers, the police said in a statement on Friday.

A total of 27 migrants were arrested, including five who had escaped but were apprehended afterward. (Malta-Migrant-Riot)

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