Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Sept. 25

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BELGRADE -- A military aircraft carrying two pilots crashed near the Serbian town of Mali Zvornik on Friday morning, the Serbian defense ministry confirmed in a news release.

According to the defense ministry, the crash occurred in the morning around 9:10 (0710 GMT) during the execution of a regular flight task in the area of the village of Brasina, some 170 kilometers to the southwest of the capital of Belgrade. (Serbia-Plane Crash)

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SYDNEY -- A research team led by the University of Sydney will start to test a COVID-19 DNA vaccine in healthy Australians, according to the university.

The gene-based vaccine, developed by Australian biotech company Technovalia and its international vaccine partner BioNet, has been proved safe and effective in preclinical studies. (Australia-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced Friday that it has conducted a successful test of a new sea-to-sea missile system.

The IDF said in a press release that the system was designed to "ensure Israel's continued naval superiority."

The announcement comes a month after Iran revealed its Abu-Mahdi long-range cruise missiles for its navy. Israel sees Iran as its arch enemy. (Israel-Missile)

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GABORONE -- Botswana's anti-pandemic authority on Thursday evening advised the public against traveling during the coming Independence Day holiday, warning of a potential spike in COVID-19 cases.

Speaking on national television, Kereng Masupu, the coordinator of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19 in Botswana, said the country is continuing to register an increasing number of new positive COVID-19 cases as community spread gathers pace. (Botswana-COVID-19-Travel) Enditem

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