Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 14

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JERUSALEM -- An Israeli delegation headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed on Sunday night to Washington to sign normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

The delegation includes also the chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat.

"Tonight, I'm embarking on a historic mission on behalf of the citizens of Israel," Netanyahu told a press conference earlier on Sunday evening, saying the agreements will bring "peace and billions of dollars into the (Israeli) economy." (Israel-UAE-Bahrain)

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LOS ANGELES -- An evacuation order was issued Sunday morning for residents in parts of the City of Arcadia in Southern California as a massive wildfire is burning closer to the populated communities.

All residents north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. were ordered to evacuate due to dangerous wildfire conditions, said the city in an order.

"Do not wait until it is too late," warned officials. "If you have not already done so, quickly gather your family, pets, important papers, medications, and any emergency supplies, and evacuate the area as soon as possible. If your family must split up, determine a designated meeting place to account for every member." (US-Wildfires)

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MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the U.S. policy of forming alliances against third countries, including China.

Responding to a question about Washington's attempt to pitting other countries against China, Lavrov said "the policy is alien to us."

"Neither Russia, nor China, nor our allies ever offer someone to be friends against someone," Lavrov said Sunday on a local TV program. (Russia-China-US)

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ATHENS -- Greece is willing to enter dialogue with Ankara once "provocations" stop to de-escalate recent tension in the Eastern Mediterranean over maritime borders, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, welcoming the return to Antalya of Oruc Reis, the Turkish seismic survey vessel which had been conducting research in a disputed area.

"It is a positive first step. I really hope there will be more to come. The end of provocations will be the beginning of dialogue. Greece is always ready to sit around the table," he said, referring to exploratory talks with Turkey over an agreement on the delimitation of maritime borders which stopped in 2016. (Greece-Turkey-Borders)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni have signed an agreement for the construction of a 3.5 billion-U.S.-dollar crude oil pipeline.

The agreement, signed in Magufuli's native town of Chato in northwest Tanzania on Sunday, paved the way for the progress of the 1,445 km pipeline running from Uganda's oilfields in Hoima to Tanzania's Tanga port. (Tanzania-Uganda-Oil Pipeline) Enditem

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