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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, July 8

08 Jul 2020, 10:30 GMT+10

LAGOS -- Nigerian police on Tuesday said 14 bodies have been recovered following a boat mishap in the state of Benue on Sunday.

Catherine Anene, state police spokesperson, said only two were rescued alive while the other victims were still missing.

A total of 23 passengers were aboard the boat, which sank midstream while sailing toward Makurdi, capital of the north-central Nigerian state.

(Nigeria-Boat Mishap)

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PRAGUE -- At least two people were killed and 24 others injured when two passenger trains collided near Pernink Village in the northwest of the Czech Republic on Tuesday, local media reported.

Of those injured, 9 had medium or severe injuries, reports said.

The trains collided less than one kilometer from Pernink station at about 3 p.m. local time, according to the Czech News Agency (CTK). A passenger train from Karlovy Vary to Johanngeorgenstadt, Germany collided with a passenger train in the opposite direction. A total of 33 people, including staff, traveled on both trains. (Prague-Trains Collision)

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KIEV -- One person was killed and nine others injured in a forest fire in east Ukraine's Luhansk region, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine reported on Tuesday.

As of 5:30 p.m., the number of hospitalized people has grown to nine and one person was killed. The fire destroyed about 80 country houses and 30 residential buildings in the villages, the report said. (Ukraine-Forest Fire)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Bolsonaro came down with symptoms on Monday, including a fever of 38 degrees Celsius, cough and headache, leading to a test at the Brazilian Armed Forces Hospital.

Bolsonaro canceled planned visits to the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais this week, according to the state news agency Agencia Brasil.

The president is considered to be in the high-risk group for COVID-19 due to his age, 65. (Brazil-President-Coronavirus)

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