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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 18

18 Oct 2020, 15:59 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Five people including three college students were injured in a gas explosion at a strip mall in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Saturday morning, local media reported.

The two-story shopping center, which is just a few blocks west of the James Madison University campus, was a "complete loss", Michael Parks, a spokesman for the city, said at a news conference. (US-Explosion-Students)

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YEREVAN -- Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new "humanitarian truce" in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting midnight (2000 GMT) Saturday, the two countries' foreign ministries announced on Saturday evening via identical statements.

It is the second truce both sides have agreed on in weeks. The first came on Oct. 10, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on Oct. 9. (Armenia-Azerbaijan-Truce)

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TEHRAN -- A United Nations-imposed arms embargo on Iran ended officially on Sunday in line with a 2015 landmark nuclear deal, the Iranian foreign ministry said.

"As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran ... are all automatically terminated," the ministry said in a statement. (Iran-UN-Arms Embargo)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian government will eliminate import tariff on soybeans and corn to combat inflation in the food sector, the Ministry of Economy reported on Saturday.

The country's Foreign Trade Chamber approved a reduction in tariffs on soy and corn purchases in order to slow inflation, which rose 0.64 percent in September, the ministry said in a statement. (Brazil-Tariff-Inflation)

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