Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 23

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that he was saddened by the tragic loss of life in the earthquake that struck Afghanistan earlier in the day.

"Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed and injured, and this tragic toll might continue to rise," he said in a statement. (UN-Afghanistan-Quake)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress to suspend federal gas tax for 90 days, as Americans are frustrated by the nation's soaring gas prices.

"By suspending the 18-cent gas tax -- federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief," Biden said in a speech at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Wednesday afternoon. (U.S.-Biden-Gas-Tax)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- One person was killed and another injured Wednesday morning following a shooting that occurred inside a Muni train in U.S. San Francisco, according to the police.

San Francisco police responded to the shooting report at the Muni Forest Hill station and found that the train had left, heading toward the Castro station. (U.S.-San Francisco-Shooting)

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SOFIA -- Bulgaria's coalition government led by Kiril Petkov was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament here on Wednesday.

In the 240-seat legislature, 123 deputies from the center-right GERB-UDF coalition (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria and Union of Democratic Forces), the centrist Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the ultranationalist Revival party and the populist There Is Such A People party voted against Petkov's government. (Bulgaria Government-No Confidence Vote) Enditem

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