Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 15

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LOS ANGELES -- Authorities are investigating two separate hanging deaths of African American men in Southern California as "Black Lives Matter" protests continue to spread across the United States.

City and county officials have called for an independent investigation into the death of Robert Fuller, 24, who was found hanging from a tree early Wednesday near the city hall of Palmdale, Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. (US-Deaths-Black Men)

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NEW YORK -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threatened to roll back reopening in areas where social distancing and other protocols put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic are being violated.

Cuomo said at Sunday's briefing that some 25,000 complaints of violations have been filed against businesses across the state since it launched a phased reopening in May. (New York-COVID19-Cuomo)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Sunday declared it will bring back the first batch of Palestinians stranded in Egypt due to the COVID-19 pandemic through Jordan by end of June.

Ibrahim Milhem, Palestinian government spokesperson, told reporters in Ramallah that 1,500 Palestinians in Egypt will be flown in nearly 10 groups to Jordan, one group per day starting from June 21. (Palestine-Egypt-Stranded)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez on Sunday said he was "concerned" by the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Fernandez called for a return to stricter social distancing measures in public transit and recreational activities in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), the epicenter of the country's outbreak. (Argentina-COVID-19-President)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's biggest Istanbul Airport on Sunday inaugurated its third independent runway, local media reported.

The new runway will increase the hourly aircraft landing and take-off capacity of the airport to 120 from 80, according to press reports. (Turkey-Istanbul-Airport) Enditem

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