Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 24

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has given the green light to Huawei, a Chinese telecom giant, to help build Britain's new 5G network, a major British newspaper reported Tuesday night.

The prime minister made the decision "despite warnings from the U.S. and some of her most senior ministers that it poses a risk to national security," the Daily Telegraph reported on its website. (Britain-Theresa May-Huawei)

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WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will officially launch his 2020 presidential race on Thursday, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday, quoting sources close to his campaign.

Biden, aged 76, will announce his candidacy with a video to be released on Thursday morning, according to a report by The Hill. (US-Joe Biden-Elections)

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CAPE TOWN -- The death toll from severe storms in South Africa has risen to 32, authorities said Tuesday.

All the deaths were reported in KwaZulu-Natal Province where heavy storms have battered various parts of the province since Monday night, the provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs said in its latest update on casualties caused by the storms. (South Africa-Storm)

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BERLIN -- The highest level of warning has been issued in several regions across Germany as forest fires broke out in a number of federal states on Tuesday.

A 10,000-square-meter wooded area was on fire at Baldeneysee near Essen on Tuesday morning, affecting a popular viewing platform in the Schellenberger Forest. (Germany-Forest Fire) Enditem

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