Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 11

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has resigned upon his request.

Trump said he asked Bolton for his resignation Monday night, and received the resignation Tuesday morning.

"I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation," Trump tweeted. (US-Bolton-Resignation)

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KABUL -- A powerful explosion occured near U.S. embassy in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, early Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources.

Images circulated on social media showed a plume of smoke rising near the building of U.S. embassy in the exclusion zone of Kabul, where several other embassies are also located.

The blast was caused by a rocket attack, a local reporter Jawad Jalali said. (Afghanistan-Kabul-Blast)

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BUCHAREST -- Teodor Melescanu was elected president of the Romanian Senate in a run-off on Tuesday. He was supported by the ruling Social Democratic Party.

Melescanu obtained 73 supporting votes from the 136 attending senators, while his competitor, Alina Gorghiu of the main opposition National Liberal Party, received 59 votes. (Romania-Senate President-Elections)

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GAZA -- Israeli war jets carried out early on Wednesday intensive airstrikes on militants' facilities and posts in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets' firing into Israel on Wednesday night, security officials said. (Israel-Gaza-Strike) Enditem

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