Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, May 23

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LAGOS -- At least 135 local militants have been killed and others wounded by Nigerian troops in Zamfara and Katsina states, northwest of Nigeria, a defense spokesperson said Saturday.

John Enenche, the Nigerian defense spokesperson, who disclosed this in a statement sent to Xinhua, said armed bandits were killed in massive air raids by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji at several locations in the two states between Wednesday and Friday.

The air raid was part of the renewed offensive to rid the northwest of armed bandits and other criminal elements, according to the military spokesperson. (Nigeria-Boko Haram)

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GAZA -- The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza on Saturday reported the first death from COVID-19 in the Palestinian enclave.

In a press statement emailed to reporters, the ministry said the death case is a 77-year-old woman from the district of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip who died at the quarantine hospital near the border with Egypt earlier in the day.

The woman, identified as Fadila Abu Reida, returned from Egypt last week through the Rafah Border Crossing, it added. (Gaza-COVID19-First Death)

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TBILISI -- Georgia on Saturday formally terminated its 63-day state of emergency, in a bid to rejuvenate the country's economy.

The state of emergency came to an end at 00:00 on May 23 (2000 GMT, May 22) with the lifting of most coronavirus-related restrictions, including the curfew, according to the Georgian government. (Georgia-State of Emergency-Curfew)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian authorities have arrested a Pakistani and a Yemeni in a drug bust in the province of Banten.

At a press conference in Banten's city of Serang on Saturday, the National Police's criminal investigation department chief, Listyo Sigit Prabowo, said that the police arrested the suspects on Friday evening when the suspects were trying to move about 820 kg of methamphetamine to boxes. (Indonesia-Drug) Enditem

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