Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 29

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KAMPALA -- As COVID-19 continues to spread in Uganda, anxiety and fear are building up among the public, providing fertile ground for fake social media reports to go viral.

Fake social media reports are another battlefield that Uganda is facing as it fights to contain the spread of COVID-19. (Uganda-COVID-19)

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MOSCOW -- Russia has registered 270 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the sharpest daily increase so far, raising the total number to 1,543, official data showed on Sunday.

The new cases were confirmed in 26 regions, including 197 in Moscow, Russia's consumer rights and human well-being watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement. (Russia-Coronavirus-COVID19)

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MANILA -- A small plane bound for Japan crashed on take-off Sunday night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, killing all eight people on board, sources at the airport said.

According to the sources, the civilian plane, RPC 5880 operated by Lion Air Inc., burst into flames around 8 p.m. local time at the airport runway. (Philippines-Plane Crash)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militias shelled private commercial companies in the port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, injuring at least seven workers, medics and residents said.

The shelling also targeted the nearby civilian neighbourhoods in east of the port city, but there were no reports of casualties among the residents. (Yemen-Houthis-Shelling) Enditem

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