Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, July 31

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Thursday expanded the scope of Iran metals-related sanctions by identifying 22 specific materials, a move to constrain Iran's nuclear, military programs.

"Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran's nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. (US Iran-Sanctions)

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RIYADH -- Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Thursday was discharged from hospital after a successful gallbladder surgery, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Royal Court announced that King Salman has left King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the capital Riyadh, according to the report. (Saudi Arabia-King-Surgery)

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SANAA -- Six Yemeni Baha'i faith members detained by the Houthis for their religious beliefs were released on Thursday.

The released were immediately taken by a UN plane to outside the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, a Baha'i source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Bahai Detainees-Release)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 1,737 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 70,036.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel soared to 500, with the addition of nine deaths, the ministry said. (Israel-COVID-19-New Cases) Enditem

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