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Xinhua world news summary at 1130 GMT, April 29

29 Apr 2021, 22:30 GMT+10

PARIS -- Global electric car sales are set for further strong growth after 41 percent rise in 2020, according to a report released on Thursday by the International Energy Agency.

"Despite the pandemic setting off a cascade of economic recessions, a record 3 million new electric cars were registered in 2020, a 41 percent increase from the previous year. By comparison, the global automobile market contracted 16 percent in 2020," said the IEA's Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021. (IEA-Electric car-Outlook)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad have arrested 52 suspected terrorists linked to a suicide bombing in Makassar cathedral church in South Sulawesi, according to an official source on Thursday.

The spokesman of South Sulawesi Police, Senior Commissioner E Zulpan, said amongst the suspected terrorists, seven were women and 45 men. (Indonesia-Bombing-Terrorists)

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NEW DELHI -- Over 40 countries have committed their support and help with medical supplies, particularly the oxygen generating equipment, in order to help India combat the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday.

India has been badly gripped by the second wave of the pandemic, as nearly 380,000 new cases and 3,645 deaths were registered on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 18,376,524 and the death toll to 204,832. (India-Coronavirus-Support)

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WINDHOEK -- Namibian Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni on Thursday said the authorities are working with the private sector to reduce the country's housing backlog.

He was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 132 low-cost housing units in Okahandja, about 60 kilometers outside the capital Windhoek. (Namibia-Housing-Backlog)

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