Xinhua world news summary at 1500 GMT, Feb. 8

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ANTARCTICA -- China's 35th Antarctic expedition team on Thursday set up a new automatic meteorological station, some 100 km away from the Zhongshan Station, a Chinese research base in Antarctica.

The devices will be used to collect information on temperature, relative humidity as well as wind direction and speed in Antarctica. (Antarctica-China-Expedition)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- At least 10 players were killed and three others injured early Friday morning when a fire swept through a training center at Flamengo football club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the local fire department said.

The fire started in the sports facility at about 5 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) Friday and was quickly put out, firefighters said. (Brazil-Football Club-Fire)

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May was set to visit Dublin Friday in her latest bid to rescue her Brexit deal after failing to win any major breakthrough during talks with the European Union (EU).

May returned to Downing Street Thursday after being told during series of discussions that the EU would not budge on its insistence of a so-called backstop insurance policy aimed at avoiding a hard EU-British border on the island of Ireland. (Britain-EU-Brexit)

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MANILA -- A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled Surigao del Norte province in the southern Philippines on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the strong quake, which jolted at 7:55 p.m. local time (1155 GMT), hit 28 km southeast of General Luna, a town in Surigao del Norte, at a depth of 19 km. (Philippines-Earthquake)

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DAMASCUS -- A total of seven civilians were killed on Friday when a landmine exploded in central Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

The landmine exploded in the town of Rasm al-Ahmar in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh in the central province of Hama, said SANA. (Syria-Mine Blast) Enditem

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