Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, July 19

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MOGADISHU -- Somali National Army (SNA) backed by Jubaland state forces killed six al-Shabab extremists on Saturday in a security operation on the outskirts of Kismayo, a military officer confirmed on Sunday.

Aden Mohamed Ibrahim, commander of Jubaland state army told journalists that the joint operation conducted by SNA's 43rd Unit and Jubaland state army started when the forces got intelligence from the public of the militants' presence in the area. (Somali-Extremists-Operation)

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DAMASCUS -- The parliamentary elections in Syria kicked off on Sunday, the third elections during the more than nine-year-long war, amid the participation of President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma.

A total of 7,277 polling stations opened across the government-controlled areas on Sunday as voters are having the chance to vote for 1,656 candidates for the 250-seat parliament. (Syria-Parliament-Election)

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SHARAN, Afghanistan -- Four Afghan police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in an improvised bomb explosion in Sarobi, a district in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province Saturday night, a provincial police spokesman confirmed on Sunday.

"Darya Khan Talash, police chief of Sarobi, and three district police officers were martyred following an improvised bomb explosion Saturday night," spokesman Shah Mahmoud Arian told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Bombing-Police Fatalities)

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WASHINGTON -- World Bank Group President David Malpass on Saturday urged the Group of 20 (G20) countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.

"I urge you to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) through end 2021 and commit to give the initiative as broad a scope as possible," Malpass made the remarks at the virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, according to a statement. (World Bank-Debt Extension) Enditem

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