Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, May 22

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ISLAMABAD -- A passenger plane of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying some 100 people crashed in a residential area on Friday afternoon in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, according to local media and an official.

A spokesperson of the PIA Abdullah Hafeez told media that the passenger plane Airbus A320 crashed in the Jinnah Garden residential area near the Jinnah International Airport.(Pakistan-Crash)

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MINSK -- The World Bank has approved a 90-million-euro (about 98 million U.S.-dollar) package to help Belarus combat COVID-19, BelTA news agency reported Friday, citing the bank's representative office in the country.

The package aims to help Belarus take effective and timely actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country's national healthcare system, said the report.(Belarus-World Bank-COVID-19)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will observe a 14-day home quarantine after an official who attended a recent meeting he chaired tested positive for COVID-19, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Friday.

"The prime minister has chaired a post cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday, May 20, 2020," the statement said, "One official present at the meeting has been tested COVID-19 positive."(Malaysia-PM-COVID-19)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Friday announced that the third phase of lockdown relaxation will take effect nationwide on June 1.

"Health officials including government leaders and business sectors will discuss the pros and cons in the coming days," said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin. "Then a decision on the third phase will be taken on May 29, and would be enforced on the first day of June."(Thailand-Lockdown relaxation) Enditem

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