Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Sept. 5

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DHAKA -- Eleven worshippers including a boy died and dozens of others suffered serious burn injuries after air conditioners of a masjid in Narayanganj burst Friday night on the outskirts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka, an official said Saturday morning. (Bangladesh-Explosion-Masjid)

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CARACAS -- Venezuela is to request the extradition of four citizens recently captured in Colombia who have been accused of involvement in a coup attempt, Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Friday.

"We have asked the competent courts of Venezuela, and we will do the same through diplomatic channels, the return of these four criminals linked to criminal acts," the prosecutor said at a press conference, adding that Venezuelan authorities "have publicly and through diplomatic channels reported the activities of these people in Colombia, who were fugitives from Venezuelan justice." (Venezuela-Colombia-Extradition)

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GENEVA -- Trade in services must underpin most national and regional development strategies, as meaningful servicification needs to be a key element in countries' strategies for modern industrialization, Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said Friday.

In his online speech at the opening of the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on Friday, the UNCTAD chief noted that services represent two thirds of the global economy, more than half of the total employment and a quarter of world trade. (UNCTAD-China-Services trade fair)

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AUCKLAND -- The former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Dr. Joseph Williams died from COVID-19 on Friday night in Auckland City Hospital, confirmed the New Zealand Ministry of Health on Saturday.

Williams, who was in his 80s, was also a widely regarded member of health services in both New Zealand and the Cook Islands. He was the patron of the Pasifika Medical Association, which was dedicated to promoting the health of Pacific people in the region. (New Zealand-Former PM-COVID-19) Enditem

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