Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, July 24

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MUMBAI -- A total of 136 deaths have been reported in rain related incidents over the past 48 hours in India's western state of Maharashtra, the state government said Friday.

The incidents happened as heavy rain triggered landslides and flood water inundated low-lying areas, with most of the deaths reported from the coastal district of Raigad and the western district of Satara. (India-Floods-Toll)

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KINSHASA -- At least 16 civilians, including six women, were killed in a road ambush Thursday made by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local sources said Friday.

A road ambush by suspected ADF militants took place late Thursday on the Mayimoya-Chani-Chani road, north of the city of Oicha, located in the province of North Kivu, according to Beni's civil society. (DRC-Attack-ADF)

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 6,380,914 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stands at 161,772 while 5,589,196 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. (Africa-COVID-19)

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BERLIN -- Last week's devastating floods have caused "destruction of historic proportions" to Germany's rail infrastructure, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) said here on Friday.

"Our infrastructure has never been destroyed in this dimension in one fell swoop," said Volker Hentschel, member of the board of DB Netz, a subsidiary of the rail operator. "We are facing a tremendous challenge." (Germany-Infrastructure-Flood) Enditem

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