Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 17

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NEW YORK -- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 4.6 million on Saturday, reaching 4,605,673 as of 3:32 p.m. (1932 GMT), according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 310,180 people worldwide have died of the disease, the data showed. (Globe-COVID)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Saturday said that it had launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's firing of the State Department Inspector General Steve Linick on Friday.

The House panel said in a statement that the investigation was launched by its chairman Eliot Engel, and senator Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. (US-Inspector General-Probe)

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TEHRAN -- The United States would be practically unable to block shipments of fuel from Iran to Venezuela at a time when the two countries need to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of American sanctions on their energy sectors, Hamid Hosseini, the spokesman for the Iranian Association of Exports of Crude Products, said on Saturday.

Washington is extremely angry about Iran's delivery of fuel to a location near its borders despite various sanctions it has imposed on Tehran's shipping and energy sectors, Hosseini was quoted as saying by Press TV. (US-Iran-Venezuela)

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LONDON -- Another 468 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 34,466, the Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, 240,161 people have tested positive for the virus in the country, said the department. (Britain-COVID-Death) Enditem

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