Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 15

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LONDON -- British MPs on Thursday voted to reject an amendment calling for a second Brexit referendum.

MPs voted by 85 to 334, a majority of 249, to turn down the amendment which calls for a delayed Brexit to allow new referendum. (Britain-Brexit)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 59-41 in favor of blocking President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

The move, coupled with a vote by the House of Representatives, dealt a blow to Trump's bid to build a border wall and is expected to force Trump to exercise veto powers for the first time since becoming president. (US-Congress-Border)

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GAZA -- Israeli warplanes carried out early Friday airstrike on Gaza Strip military targets in response to two rockets fired from the coastal enclave into Tel Aviv in central Israel Thursday night, security officials said. (Israel-Gaza-Airstrike)

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopian Airlines said Thursday that both data and voice recorders extracted from the crashed Ethiopian aircraft that killed all 157 aboard on Sunday have been sent to France.

"An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, France for investigation," the statement from the Ethiopian Airlines Group read. (Ethiopia-Crash-Black Boxes) Enditem

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