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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 30

30 Sep 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- NASA and SpaceX are targeting 2:40 a.m. EDT on Oct. 31 for the launch of the agency's SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station, according to a NASA briefing on Tuesday.

Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will be carried to the station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (US-NASA-SpaceX)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) on Tuesday lowered its curtain at the UN headquarters in New York on a positive note with the vast majority of world leaders and national representatives voicing strong support for multilateralism and the United Nations.

"Through their virtual presence, our political leaders have demonstrated their commitment to multilateralism and the United Nations. The vast majority confirmed this commitment in their speeches," Volkan Bozkir, president of the UNGA 75, told the closing ceremony of the virtual summit. (UN-UNGA 75-Bozkir)

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ROME -- The formal relaunch of struggling Italian airline Alitalia has been delayed.

The airline, which the government said was nationalized earlier this year after it faced bankruptcy following Italy's national coronavirus lockdown, announced the delay on Tuesday. Italian media reports said it stemmed from makeup of the company's board of directors. (Italy-Alitalia-Relaunch)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed late on Tuesday recent developments in the region.

During a phone conversation, Sisi and Jonson focused on the situation in Libya and ways to solve the conflict in the war-torn oil-rich country, Sisi's spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement. (Egypt-UK-Libya)

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