Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 27

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ADEN, Yemen -- Heavy fighting struck various areas of Yemen's oil-rich northern province of Marib on Sunday amid intensified airstrikes, a military official told Xinhua.

"More than 28 members of the Houthi rebel group and 16 soldiers of the pro-government Yemeni forces were killed during the past 24 hours in Marib's fighting," the local military source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Airstrike-Casualties)

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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke Sunday on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, declaring that nuclear weapons must be eliminated from the world and a new era of dialogue, trust and peace must begin.

Addressing the threat of nuclear weapons "has been central to the work of the United Nations since its inception," said the top UN official. (UN-Nuclear-Elimination)

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BERLIN -- Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) slightly led in the federal election on Sunday, while its major competitor plunged to a record low after 16 years in office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to projections by German public broadcasters.

Projections by public broadcasters ARD and ZDF showed that SPD won 24.9 to 25.6 percent of the votes, based on different polling institutions. The conservative union of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party Christian Social Union (CSU) fell to 24.4 to 24.7 percent. (Germany-Election)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday said that the current dispute in the country is not between the military and civilians, but it is between those who support democratic civil transformation and those who seek to block it.

"Unity of the forces in the revolution is the guarantee to prevent the transition from all threats getting in its way," Hamdok said in a speech broadcast Sunday by Sudan's official TV. (S. Sudan-Conflict) Enditem

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