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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 19

20 Apr 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched its Mars helicopter Ingenuity from the surface of the Red Planet earlier on Monday, marking the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.

The solar-powered helicopter first became airborne at 3:34 a.m. Eastern Day Time (EDT) (0734 GMT), a time the Ingenuity team determined would have optimal energy and flight conditions. (U.S.-NASA-Mars)

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Monday urged the United States to move away from the anti-Iran policies imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump to help advance the current nuclear talks underway in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

"If the United States decides to distance from Trump's failed legacy and to live up to its commitments, the consultations will advance easily," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly press -conference. (Iran-U.S.-Ties)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian police killed on Monday three terrorists who were involved in the execution of a Coptic Christian and two tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

After receiving a tip-off, the national security sector struck a hideout of some terrorist elements in al-Abtal area in North Sinai. (Egypt-Terrorists)

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N'DJAMENA -- More than 300 terrorists were killed and 150 others, including three top leaders, taken prisoner on Saturday in Chad's western Kanem province, a Chadian army spokesperson said on Monday.

"We also deplore five martyrs and 36 wounded," said Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesman for the general staff, referring to Chadian army personnel killed and injured in the fighting. (Chad-Terrorists)

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