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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 16

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16 Oct 2021, 10:30 GMT+10

DAMASCUS -- Two Turkish soldiers were killed and four others wounded on Friday evening by a roadside bomb in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, a war monitor reported.

The bombing targeted Turkish military vehicles near the Maarrat Misrin area in the northern countryside of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Turkish Soldiers-Bombing)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations is calling for a halt to fighting in northern Ethiopia amid reports of an intensification of the conflict to ensure that aid workers can reach all people in dire need of help, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said aid workers continue to deliver assistance to people across the three northern regions despite highly challenging circumstances. (UN-Ethiopia-Tigray)

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MOSCOW -- A Russian anti-submarine ship tracked down a U.S. naval destroyer and prevented the foreign vessel from violating Russia's territorial waters in the Sea of Japan on Friday, Russian Defense Ministry's Zvezda broadcasting service said in a statement.

The destroyer USS Chafee approached Russia's territorial waters and attempted to cross the state border after operating in the Sea of Japan for several days, Zvezda reported. (Russia-US-Navy)

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ROME -- Italy's new flagship air carrier ITA began operations Friday with an early-morning flight between the northern Italian financial capital of Milan and Bari, in the country's south, filling the gap left by 75-year-old carrier Alitalia that ceased operations the day before.

A last-minute deal between ITA and Alitalia means the name of the venerable airline that has carried tens of millions of passengers will live on. (Italy-ITA)

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