Xinhua world news summary at 0930 GMT, June 12

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LOS ANGELES -- Designed to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, NASA's Psyche mission is readying for a 2022 launch, according to a release of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Tuesday.

After extensive review, NASA Headquarters in Washington has approved the mission to begin the final design and fabrication phase, also known as Phase C. (NASA-Psyche-Mission)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebels Wednesday claimed they fired a cruise missile targeting Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

"The cruise missile hit the target and forced air navigation in the airport to halt," the rebels' TV al-Masirah quoted an unnamed Houthi military source as saying. (Yemen-Houthi-missile)

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WASHINGTON -- Admiral Robert Burke has become the 40th Vice Chief of Naval Operation of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Navy said in a statement Tuesday.

Burke assumed the new role Monday, replacing Admiral Bill Moran. (US-Navy)

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CARACAS -- Venezuelan authorities said Tuesday that 17 people have been arrested and charged in the coup attempt on April 30.

A total of 34 people are being investigated for the failed coup d'etat, said Venezuela's Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab when he presented a review of Public Ministry's actions from January to May. (Venezuela-Coup Arrests) Enditem

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