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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, March 7

07 Mar 2021, 15:55 GMT+10

HOUSTON -- Seven people were injured, including one in critical condition, in a massive gas fire in Harris County, U.S. state of Texas, local media reported Saturday.

The incident happened about 40 km northwest of Houston around 6 p.m. local time Friday evening. (US-Gas Fire)

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil has registered 1,555 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the nationwide death toll to 264,325, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.

It also reported 69,609 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease, raising the caseload to 10,938,836. (Brazil-Coronavirus)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for an inclusive justice system that is intolerant of discrimination and works for all.

High levels of inequality are associated with economic instability, corruption, financial crises, increased crime and poor physical and mental health. Crime prevention, criminal justice and the rule of law have a key role in renewing the social contract between states and their populations, he told the opening of the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto, Japan. (UN-Crime-Congress)

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ADDIS ABABA -- Two African countries of Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have reported 29 Ebola virus cases and 13 deaths so far, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Saturday.

Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union, reported a fatality rate of 45 percent in the two countries. (Ebola-Guinea-DRC)

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