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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, June 3

04 Jun 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, have discussed issues pertaining to the resumption and development of bilateral ties.

The meeting was held Friday on the sidelines of the Friends of BRICS meeting in Cape Town in South Africa, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement. (Iran-Saudi Arabia-Ties)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday decided to extend the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan until Dec. 3 of this year.

Unanimously adopting Resolution 2685, the 15-member organ also requested the secretary-general to continue to report the implementation of the mandate every 90 days to the council and decided to remain actively seized of the matter. (UN-Sudan-UNITAMS)

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll from the collision of two passenger trains in the eastern Indian state of Odisha has risen to 288 with 803 others reportedly injured on Saturday, officials said.

The Times of India quoted railway officials as saying that there are 288 victims recorded in the horrific collision, the country's deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years. Injured passengers have been taken to hospitals in Gopalpur, Khantapara, Balasore, Bhadrak and Soro. (India-Train Collision-Death Toll)

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KABUL -- After a delay for more than two months, the Afghan caretaker government has approved the national budget for the fiscal year 1402 on the Persian calendar starting March 21, government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Saturday.

The budget was delayed because the work on the formation process was ongoing and had to be finalized before the budget could be approved, Mujahid said. (Afghanistan-Budget)

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