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Xinhua world news summary at 0630 GMT, Sept. 18

18 Sep 2021, 16:44 GMT+10

ALGIERS -- Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika died on Friday at age 84, reported the state-run television ENTV, citing a statement from the presidency.

Bouteflika became the Algerian foreign minister in 1963.

He participated in the 1999 presidential election and scored an overwhelming victory. (Algeria-Bouteflika-Death)

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RAMALLAH -- Dozens of Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in protest against the Israeli settlement in the West Bank, medics and eyewitnesses said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement that 217 protesters were injured by Israeli soldiers, including 35 shot by rubber-coated metal bullets and 182 subjected to suffocation after inhaling tear gas.

Eyewitnesses said that fierce clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between dozens of protesters and Israeli soldiers in villages of Beita and Beit Dajan near northern West Bank city of Nablus. (Palestine-Israel-Clashes)

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ISLAMABAD -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has said here that the international community should continue engaging with the Afghan Taliban.

Addressing a press briefing Friday during his visit to Pakistan, the UN official said the UNHCR is engaging with the interim Taliban administration in Afghanistan on humanitarian matters, urging the world to do the same.

"Taliban expressed the wish that humanitarian assistance be rolled out as quickly as possible to the country, because, indeed, and we saw it by ourselves, conditions are very difficult." (Pakistan-Afghanistan-UNHCR)

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