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Xinhua world news summary at 0600 GMT, Sept. 30

30 Sep 2020, 16:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was laid to rest on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

She was buried next to her husband, Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010.

The liberal icon made history last week by becoming the first woman in U.S. history to lie in state at the Capitol. (US-Supreme Court-Justice)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, took the stage in Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday night for their first debate in the 2020 presidential race.

Debate moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace opened the debate by asking Trump to explain his Supreme Court pick at a time so close to the November election.

Trump, who has selected conservative federal appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett for the high court to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said that he has the right to make the nomination because Republicans control both the Senate and White House. (US-Trump-Biden-Debate)

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UNITED NATIONS -- A Chinese envoy on Tuesday asked the international community to push for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

In his address to the General Assembly last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to join the Middle East Quartet and members of the Security Council in convening an international conference early next year to discuss a genuine peace process, noted Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

China believes that this initiative demonstrates Palestine's positive will to participate in the peace dialogue and promote the peace process. All parties should attach importance to it and should consider efforts to create favorable conditions for the political settlement of the Palestinian issue, he told the Security Council. (China-Israel-Palestine)

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ISLAMABAD -- Four people including two minors and a senior citizen were killed and 15 others injured when a bomb went off in Mardan district of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday night, police sources said.

Some unknown militants fixed explosive materials in a motorbike parked inside the market and detonated them with a remote controlled device before fleeing the scene, the police sources from the district told Xinhua.

Initially, the police sources said that the incident happened due to explosion of the gas cylinder of a rickshaw, but later explosive materials were found from the site during the investigation process.

The injured people including a kid have been shifted to a nearby hospital where one of them is in critical condition. (Pakistan-Explosion)

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