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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 18

Xinhua
18 Jun 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- One person was killed and 12 others were wounded in a series of shootings in several places in the Phoenix metropolitan area in U.S. state of Arizona on Thursday afternoon, and the suspect has been arrested by the police.

According to Peoria City's Police Department, which led the investigation, the shootings happened at eight locations throughout the West Valley cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area and lasted more than one and a half hours. (US-Shooting-Killed)

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LONDON -- Edwin Poots announced Thursday his resignation as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland after less than a month in the post.

His resignation came after a meeting of party officers in Belfast amid an internal revolt over the nomination of Paul Givan as Northern Ireland's first minister, according to the BBC. (Northern Ireland-DUP-Poots-Resign)

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GENEVA -- One in a hundred deaths globally can directly be attributed to suicide, the World Health Organization reported on Thursday, arguing that the COVID-19 outbreak has increased factors for suicide worldwide.

In 2019, more than 700,000 people died of suicide, one in 100 deaths, which was more than HIV, malaria, wars or homicide. (WHO-Suicide)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Thursday confirmed 5,904 new COVID-19 cases, including 509 symptomatic patients, raising the total number of cases in the country to 5,354,153.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 62 to 49,012, while the total recoveries climbed to 5,219,797 after 4,143 more people recovered in the last 24 hours, according to its health ministry. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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