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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 9

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09 Mar 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on countries to adopt special measures and quotas to advance women's equal participation.

"I call on countries, companies and institutions to adopt special measures and quotas to advance women's equal participation and achieve rapid change," the UN chief said in his message for International Women's Day. (UN-Women)

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YAOUNDE -- Ninety-eight people were killed and 615 others injured in explosions caused by accidents in Equatorial Guinean's largest city of Bata, tweeted the country's health ministry on Monday, quoting Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

Of those injured, 316 were discharged, while 299 remain under medical care in three local hospitals, the ministry said. (Equatorial Guinea-explosion)

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NEW YORK -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 29 million on Monday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. COVID-19 case count rose to 29,000,012, with a total of 525,046 deaths, as of 10:24 a.m. local time (1524 GMT), according to the CSSE tally. (U.S.-COVID-19)

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NAIROBI -- Three Kenyan officials including a police officer who were escorting national examination materials were shot and seriously wounded in an ambush in a region in Samburu County, northwest region.

Mercus Ochola, Rift Valley regional police commander confirmed the incident on Monday, saying the injured were escorting the materials on a government vehicle to Baragoi when they came under fire by three gunmen who were waiting on the roadside on Sunday evening. (Kenya-Gun)

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