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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Aug. 2

02 Aug 2021, 16:30 GMT+10

HAVANA -- Cuba on Sunday set a new daily record of 9,747 cases and 87 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 394,343 and the death toll to 2,845.

The Ministry of Public Health said in its daily report that three pregnant women and a 12-year-old child were among those who died in the last 24 hours. (Cuba-Coronavirus)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Sunday blamed Iran for the attack against an oil tanker managed by an Israeli-owned company in the north Arabian Sea, saying "an appropriate response" is forthcoming.

Zodiac Maritime, a London-based firm owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, said on Friday that its oil tanker Mercer Street was attacked on July 29 in the northern Indian Ocean, and two crew members onboard were killed. (US-Iran-Tanker attack)

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MOGADISHU -- Somalia has appealed to the international community to provide urgent lifesaving assistance to 5.9 million people who require humanitarian aid in 2021.

Khadija Mohamed Diriye, minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, also decried the humanitarian funding crises faced by Somalia this year, warning that if action is not taken to address this funding gap, the cost could be catastrophic. (Somalia-Aid)

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