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KIEV -- At least one person was killed and another injured on Saturday in an oxygen cylinder explosion in a hospital in Ukraine's southwestern city of Chernivtsi, said the press service of the State Emergency Service.

According to the press service, the explosion occurred in a ward on the second floor of a five-storey building of the City Clinical Hospital No. 1 at 1:15 p.m. local time (1115 GMT), and the fire was extinguished after about 15 minutes. Twenty people were evacuated. (Ukraine-Hospital-Explosion)

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LONDON -- More than 2,600 households have been evacuated after an unexploded World War II bomb was discovered in Exeter in southwestern England, local media reported Saturday.

Officers were called to University of Exeter halls of residence on Friday morning and declared a major incident, the BBC reported. (Britain-Bomb-Evacuation)

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LAGOS -- Scores of students and school staff abducted by unidentified gunmen about a week ago from a boarding school in Niger state, north-central Nigeria, have finally regained freedom, according to a spokesperson of the state governor on Saturday.

Mary Noel-Berje, the spokesperson to the governor of Niger state, confirmed in a statement that "kidnapped students, staff and family members of the Government Science College Kagara have regained freedom and received by the Niger state government." (Nigeria-Boarding School-Abduction)

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RIYADH -- The Saudi-led coalition involved in a war in Yemen intercepted on Saturday a bomb-laden drone launched by Houthi militia towards the kingdom's border city Khamis Mushait, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Malki said that the acts of the Iran-backed militia "amount to war crimes." (Saudi Arabia-Yemen-Bomb-laden Drone)

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