Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 11

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday said Iran is ready to help establish strong relations between regional states and the European Union (EU).

He made the remarks when meeting with Luigi Di Maio, the EU special representative for the Gulf region, in the Iranian capital of Tehran, according to a statement released by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. (Iran-EU-Regional States-Ties)

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BEIRUT -- Five Lebanese soldiers were injured on Sunday evening after explosives fell on their positions near the Ain Al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon as armed clashes intensified between members of the Fatah Movement and Islamic militants.

An army statement said the injured soldiers were transferred to nearby hospitals. (Lebanon-Palestinian Refugee Camp-Armed Clashes)

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ABUJA -- Twenty-six bodies have been recovered, while about 44 are still missing after a boat capsized in the Mokwa local government area of Nigeria's central Niger State, local authorities confirmed.

The boat mishap happened Sunday at about 8 a.m., local time, between the Jabba and Kainji dams in the Gbajibo ward of Mokwa local government area. (Nigeria-Boat Capsizing-Death)

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MOGADISHU -- The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has expressed concern about increased deaths and serious injuries to children involved in landmine explosions which have claimed at least 30 lives since June in Somalia.

Nejmudin Kedir Bilal, acting UNICEF representative in Somalia, said several children have been victims in three separate incidents that involved discharges of unexploded ordnances in recent days. "Countrywide, at least four children are reported dead, and five children have been left with life-threatening injuries after playing with remnants of war," Bilal said in a statement issued in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, Saturday evening. (Somalia-UNICEF Denouncement-Landmine Death) Enditem

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