Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 30

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BEIRUT -- Four people on Monday were killed in an explosion at a factory in Burj al-Barajneh in the southern suburbs of Lebanon's Beirut, the National News Agency reported.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

The Lebanese army arrived at the site of the explosion for investigations and other security procedures. (Lebanon-Factory-Blast)

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TALLINN -- Alar Karis, the sole candidate in Estonia's presidential election, failed to garner enough support in the first round of voting held in the country's 101-member Parliament (Riigikogu) during an extraordinary session on Monday.

Karis, director of the Estonian National Museum and a former auditor general, received support from 63 lawmakers. He needed a two-thirds majority, or at least 68 votes, to be elected in the secret ballot, the Parliament said in a press release. (Estonia-President-Election)

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ADEN, Yemen -- A total of 11 soldiers of the pro-government Yemeni forces were killed Monday as the Houthi rebels launched intensified attacks against the country's oil-rich province of Marib, a military official told Xinhua.

The local military source said on condition of anonymity that "the Houthi militia began launching coordinated and intensified armed attacks against various areas of the government-controlled province of Marib." (Yemen-Soldiers-Houti Rebels)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a COVID-19 patient, the government said on Monday.

Ismail Sabri was not able to attend the swearing-in ceremony of his cabinet, which was held at the National Palace on Monday, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. (Malaysia-PM-Coronavirus)

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HOUSTON -- At least one person was confirmed dead after the powerful Hurricane Ida made a landfall in the southern U.S. state Louisiana on Sunday, authorities said.

The state's Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said a tree had fallen on a home in Prairieville. The victim, a 60-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. (U.S.-Hurricane Ida-Death) Enditem

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