Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 4

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KABUL -- A United Arab Emirates (UAE) plane loaded with food supplies landed in Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, reported a local TV channel.

This was the first cargo flight into the airport since Tuesday when the U.S. forces finished pullout from Afghanistan and evacuated the airport, Tolo News TV reported. (Afghanistan-Kabul-First Flight-Airport)


SANAA -- Saudi-led airstrikes on Friday killed at least 17 Houthi rebels in Yemen's province of Marib, a Yemeni government military source said.

"The airstrikes targeted the rebel groupings in Al-Kasarah frontline in the eastern part of Sirwah district, killing 17 and destroying six pick-up vehicles," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Airstrikes)


MARSEILLE, France -- The 7th World Conservation Congress (WCC) kicked off here on Friday, aiming to drive action on the most pressing environmental issues, including biodiversity, climate change and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and France, WCC Marseille brings together experts, government officials and non-governmental actors from over 160 countries to stimulate action for nature conservation. It is a key milestone before the pivotal United Nations (UN) conferences on biodiversity and climate in China's Kunming and Britain's Glasgow later this year. (WCC-France-climate change)


GAZA -- Three Palestinian men on Friday were found dead inside a smuggling tunnel underneath the borderline area between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, medics and a security official said.

Paramedics said they were informed that three workers who worked in a smuggling tunnel had been missing since Thursday morning. Paramedics and rescue crews have taken out the three bodies from the tunnel and sent to the hospital, Eyad al-Bozzom, spokesman of the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, said in a press statement. (Palestinian-Death-Smuggling Tunnel)


WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that he will soon travel to Qatar and then Germany over the Afghanistan issue.

"On Sunday, I'll be traveling to Doha, where I'll meet with Qatari leaders to express our deep gratitude for all that they're doing to support the evacuation effort," Blinken told reporters during a press briefing. (U.S.-Qatar-Germany)


WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order directing his government to review and release some documents related to the FBI's investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The order directs the Justice Department and other federal agencies to review documents and release declassified information over the next six months. (U.S.-9.11-documents) Enditem

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