Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, March 16

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ABUJA -- At least six people were killed and many others injured after a fuel tanker rammed into two tricycles in Nigeria's southern state of Akwa Ibom, said an official on Tuesday.

The incident which occurred on Monday, along the Calabar-Itu expressway, was caused by overspeeding, said Oga Ochi, state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps. (Nigeria-Traffic Accident)

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SANAA -- A total of 28 Houthi rebels were killed on Tuesday in fighting with the Yemeni army in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah, state Saba news agency reported.

The fighting in al-Bidah area of Abs district also destroyed several rebels' military vehicles, Saba added, without providing further details.

Meanwhile, the Houthi group has made no comment. (Yemen-Houthi Rebels-Killed)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday 5,267 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the pandemic, raising the total nationwide infections to 768,352.

The ministry said in a statement that 39 new deaths were recorded, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 13,827, while the total recoveries in Iraq climbed by 4,564 to 695,184. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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RIGA -- Latvia has temporarily halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, health officials informed on Tuesday.

The Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the State Immunization Council, the State Agency of Medicines of the Republic of Latvia (SAM) and the Health Inspectorate recommended the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine after several other countries took similar measures over fears that the jab might cause thrombosis.

The decision has been taken based on reports from some European Union member states that a small number of recipients developed blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, said the SAM. (Latvia-AstraZeneca-Covid-19) Enditem

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