Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 13

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KIEV -- Russian forces carried out a rocket attack on a major oil refinery in Kremenchuk town in Ukraine's central Poltava region on Thursday, said the head of Poltava regional military-civilian administration Dmytro Lunin.

"Today's shelling of the Poltava region is perhaps the largest during the full-scale war," Lunin wrote on Telegram. (Ukraine-Russia-Oil Refinery)

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ISLAMABAD -- Thirteen people were injured when a blast went off inside a market area in the capital city Karachi of Pakistan's southern Sindh province late Thursday night, hospital authorities said.

Many among the injured were in critical condition and most of them got wounded after being hit by ball bearings from explosive materials, Shahid Rasool, medical superintendent of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) where all the injured were shifted, told the media. (Pakistan-Explosion)

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COPENHAGEN -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has exceeded two million in Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe said on Thursday.

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region has surpassed 218 million, and 2,003,081 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported. (WHO-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel on Thursday pushed forward new plans for building 4,320 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.

The High Planning Subcommittee of Israel's Civil Administration, the body in charge of approving construction in the West Bank, said that the plans for building 2,684 housing units received final approvals, while those for building 1,636 units got initial approvals. (Israel-Settlement Building-Plans)

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ROME -- Italy said it is no longer opposed to European companies paying for natural gas from Russia in rubles, the Russian currency, according to media reports Thursday.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had been opposed to paying for Russian gas in rubles, after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to shut off gas to "unfriendly" countries if they refused to pay for gas supplies. (Italy-Russia-Gas Payment) Enditem

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