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Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, June 6

06 Jun 2020, 10:59 GMT+10

LONDON -- Another 357 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 40,261, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Friday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. (UK-COVID-19-Death Toll)

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NEW YORK -- A total of 42 people in the U.S. state of New York passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19, which is the lowest death toll since the pandemic began, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.

"While our hearts ache for those families who lost loved ones yesterday, just eight weeks ago, we had 800 deaths per day," said the governor at his daily briefing. (US-New York-Death Toll)

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PARIS -- The Al-Qaida leader in the Islamic Maghreb had been killed by French forces in northern Mali, French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said on Friday.

"On June 3, the French armed forces, with the support of their partners, neutralized the emir Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), Abdelmalek Droukdal, and several of his close collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali," said the minister on Twitter. (France-Al-Qaida-Maghreb)

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ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan army said late Friday that it has shot down an Indian spying quadcopter along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.

The quadcopter had intruded 500 meters on Pakistan's side of the LoC, the army's media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations said, adding that this is the eighth Indian quadcopter shot down by Pakistan army troops this year. (Pakistan-India-Quadcopter)

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