Xinhua world news summary at 0650 GMT, March 26

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday night passed a 2-trillion-dollar stimulus package to blunt the economic fallout of COVID-19, after rounds of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

The upper chamber passed the bill in a 96-0 vote, well above the 60-vote threshold. The package needs to be approved by the House of Representatives, before being sent to President Donald Trump's desk for signature. (US-Senate-Stimulus-COVID19)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is facilitating access to the use of a blood plasma treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.

Convalescent plasma that contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is possibly effective against the infection, the FDA said in a news release on Tuesday. (US-COVID-19-Plasma Treatment)

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CAIRO -- At least 16 people were killed and 15 others injured late Wednesday in a multi-car crash here in the Egyptian capital, local media reported.

The 14-car collision took place a few hours after Egypt implemented a nighttime curfew from 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT) to contain the COVID-19 spread in the country, according to state-run Al-Gomhuria daily. (Egypt-Accident-Death)

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TRIPOLI -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday called on Libyan parties to stop all hostilities and focus on fighting the novel coronavirus.

"While the whole world is engaged in fighting the spread of COVID-19, which has overwhelmed several well-resourced countries, attacks and counter attacks in Libya continue to inflict further suffering and civilian casualties," the UMSMIL said in a statement. (Libya-Military-Coronavirus) Enditem

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