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ADEN, Yemen -- Eight pro-government Yemeni soldiers were killed when ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels struck their military base in the country's southern province of Lahj on Sunday, a local government official told Xinhua.

"The Houthi militia targeted a military base of the government forces in Lahj province with three ballistic missiles, causing huge explosions in the area," the official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Attack)

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LONDON -- The last British military and diplomatic personnel leaving the Kabul airport touched down in Britain on Sunday morning, marking the end of the country's 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan.

The final military flight followed Britain's last evacuation flight solely for civilians on Saturday. (Britain-Afghanistan-Evacuation)

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 19,286 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 6,882,827, the official monitoring and response center said Sunday.

Meanwhile, the nationwide death toll grew by 797 to 181,637, and the number of recoveries increased by 16,804 to 6,148,250. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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HOUSTON -- Hurricane Ida, which the U.S. National Hurricane Center has warned could grow to an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, is expected to slam ashore southern U.S. state Louisiana on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destructive landfalls in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The U.S. weather channel said late Saturday night that Ida is forecast to grow into a major hurricane as it tracks toward the northern Gulf Coast, where it will bring life-threatening storm surge, dangerous rainfall flooding, potentially catastrophic winds and tornadoes. (US-Louisiana-Hurricane Ida) Enditem

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