Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, June 9

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NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan's presidential election kicked off on Sunday with seven candidates vying for the top office.

Around 10,000 polling stations were arranged home and abroad, including 65 in 51 foreign countries. (Kazakhstan-Presidential Election)

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CANBERRA -- Australian researchers have developed a method of treating cancer and soft tissue injuries using light.

The teams from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research (HIMR) and Swinburne University told News Corp Australia that the revolutionary treatments could make surgery pills and injections a thing of the past.

Andrew Stephens, a research fellow at the HIMR, has undertaken trials of new photodynamic cancer drug IXV-PO2 to kill ovarian cancer cells in petri dishes. When exposed to light beams of a certain length, IXV-PO2 becomes toxic to cancer cells. (Australia-Cancer Treatment)

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HAVANA -- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday highlighted the "unity" between Cuba and Venezuela in the face of "sanctions and the blockade."

"United and with dignity we face and will defeat the threats, the unfair sanctions and the blockade," Diaz-Canel tweeted after Diosdado Cabello, head of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, finished his visit to Cuba. (Cuba-Venezuela-Relations)

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MALE -- The Maldives and India signed six agreements on Saturday evening to strengthen ties in a number of areas including defense and maritime, local media reported here Sunday.

The agreements were inked in the presence of the Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in the Maldives on Saturday afternoon for a two-day official visit. (Maldives-India-Modi Visit) Enditem

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