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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 26

Xinhua
26 Oct 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

HOUSTON -- Two people were killed when an aircraft crashed in a residential neighborhood in the U.S. state of Texas on Sunday, according to authorities.

The crash occurred near the city of Patton Village, about 58 km northeast of Houston, at around 8:40 a.m. local time Sunday, authorities said. The plane is described as a fixed wing single-engine aircraft. (US-Plane-Crash)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Sunday voted to advance President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, paving the way for a full Senate confirmation vote probably to happen Monday.

Sunday's procedural vote meant to break a Democratic filibuster in the Republican-controlled upper chamber, where the GOP senators needed only a simple majority to advance the nomination, and the result was 51-48. (US-SCOTUS Nomination)

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LONDON -- Talks on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will continue in London until Wednesday, Downing Street said Sunday.

The negotiations, which restarted Thursday in London after they stalled last week, were originally expected to wrap up on Sunday.

More talks are also planned in Brussels from next Thursday, the BBC quoted EU sources as saying. (UK-EU-Talks)

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NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that "ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences," while retweeting a New York Police Department (NYPD) post saying that "Police officers must remain apolitical."

"We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated," added the mayor. (NYC police political agenda)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militia said on Sunday that it launched bomb-laden drone attack toward Abha airport in the southwest of Saudi Arabia, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

"The attack was in response to Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and blockade on the Yemeni people," the TV quoted a statement from the group's military spokesman Yahya Sarea as saying. (Yemen-Attack)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Guardian Council of Constitution on Sunday dismissed the allegations regarding his country's "interference" in the U.S. upcoming presidential elections.

"Iran has announced repeatedly that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. Moreover, it sees no need for such interference," Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for Iran's highest legislative body was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. (Iran-U.S. elections)

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LONDON -- British police are responding on Sunday to an "incident" on board an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight in England amid reports of an attempted hijacking, media reports said.

A Coastguard helicopter was spotted circling the vessel on Sunday afternoon and an exclusion zone has been set up in the area south of Sandown. (UK-Police-Tanker)

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