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Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, March 1

01 Mar 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The White House said on Sunday it was disappointed that Tehran had rejected an offer to hold informal talks with European countries and the United States over the Iran nuclear issue.

"While we are disappointed at Iran's response, we remain ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with JCPOA commitments," a White House spokesperson said. (US-Iran-Nuke)

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TEHRAN -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran will install new generations of IR2M and IR6 centrifuges at the Fordow and Natanz nuclear facilities, official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Within the time limit specified in the law passed by the Iranian parliament, the installation of these centrifuges will be completed and gas will be injected, Abolfazl Amoui, the spokesman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, was quoted as saying. (Iran-Nuke-Centrifuges)

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DAMASCUS -- A fresh Israeli missile attack targeted positions in the vicinity of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday night, state TV reported.

Citing a military source, the Israeli attack was launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, said the report. It added that the Syrian air defenses responded to the attack, destroying most of the missiles. (Syria-Israel-Strike)

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AMMAN -- Jordan on Sunday condemned the continuous violations at Al Aqsa Mosque, the latest of which was the Israeli police allowing hundreds of extremists to break into the mosque earlier in the day.

Jordan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Deifallah Fayez said the continuous attacks represent a clear violation to the legal and historical status quo, the international law and Israel's commitments, according to a statement by the ministry. (Jordan-Israel-Mosque)

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NEW YORK -- Hundreds of people from various races rallied Saturday at Foley Square in New York City's Lower Manhattan in protest against violence and crimes targeting Asian Americans.

Protesters held signs saying, "Rise up against Asian hate. We deserve to be safe." (US-Asian American-Hate)

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