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OUAGADOUGOU -- Polling stations for Burkina Faso's presidential and parliamentary elections opened at 6 a.m. local time on Sunday.

In the capital Ouagadougou, long queues of voters can be noticed in front of polling stations that opened at 6 a.m in Bonheur Primary school. (Burkina Faso-President Election)

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TASHKENT -- A gas explosion has killed two men and destroyed part of a house in the Tashkent Region of Uzbekistan, the country's Ministry of Emergency Situations said Sunday.

The fatal incident occurred on Saturday night due to gas leakage from an underground gas pipeline that passes underneath the house located in Qibray District of the region, the ministry said, adding accumulating gas in the basement led to the explosion. (Uzbekistan-Explosion)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States said on Sunday that it officially withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty, the latest move to abandon a major international arms control agreement. (US-Open Skies Treaty)

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HONG KONG -- To accurately grasp the original intention of "one country, two systems", respect and cherish it, improve its practice and promote the full and accurate implementation of the Basic Law bears on Hong Kong's stability and development, a government official said on Sunday.

Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, wrote in a blog article that in the country's new development pattern of the "dual circulation", Hong Kong can give full play to the advantages of "one country, two systems" to promote further high-quality development of the economy. (Hong Kong-Development) Enditem

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