Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 26

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned the recent U.S. airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, urging other countries to join the condemnation.

The U.S. attacks were "based on lies," the ministry said in a statement, stressing the Syrian army's determination to restore all Syrian areas and end the U.S. occupation of Syrian territories. (Syria-Condemn-U.S. Attack)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed topics concerning the Russian-Turkish partnership in various fields during a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday.

"Both sides expressed satisfaction with the positive dynamic of trade and economic relations, the successful implementation of joint strategic power engineering projects, including gas supplies, and the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Türkiye," the Kremlin said in a statement. (Russia-Türkiye-Partnership)

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WASHINGTON -- The death toll from an explosion and fire in a chocolate factory in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on Friday has risen to five, authorities said on Saturday.

The explosion happened at the R.M. Palmer Company in West Reading, Berks County, on Friday afternoon, which destroyed one building and damaged a neighboring one. (U.S.-Pennsylvania-Explosion)

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AMMAN -- Jordan's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Israel's announcement to offer tenders for building over a thousand new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The ministry's spokesperson Sinan Al-Majali said in a statement that constructing these units constitutes a clear violation of international law, notably Security Council Resolution 2334. (Jordan-Israeli Settlement) Enditem

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