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RAMALLAH -- Dozens of Palestinian protestors were injured on Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in West Bank, medics and eyewitnesses said.

The clashes broke out near the West Bank city of Ramallah, witnesses said. (Palestine-Clashes-West Bank)

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TRIPOLI -- The best way to hold successful elections in Libya is by holding a referendum on the constitution, Chairman of Libya's High Council of State Khaled al-Meshri said Friday.

The chairman made the remarks during a meeting with Stephanie Williams, UN special adviser on Libya, in which the two sides discussed ways to "facilitate the holding of successful elections as soon as possible," according to a statement issued by the council. (Libya-Elections-Constitution referendum)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's daily increase of COVID-19 cases surpassed the grim record of 100,000 on Saturday, the first time since the pandemic began in the country in early 2020, as the three most populous states all saw a record high of daily infections.

The epicenter of the current wave of pandemic, the state of New South Wales (NSW), recorded 45,098 cases and nine deaths in the past 24 hours to 8 p.m. local time on Friday, the first time for the daily increase of cases to top 40,000. The number of hospitalization reached 1,795 including 145 people in intensive care. (Australia-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly 20,000 flights have been canceled in the United States since Christmas Eve, U.S. media outlet The Hill has reported.

Among them were 1,760 flight cancellations within, into or out of the country on Wednesday, said the report. (US-COVID-19-Flight cancellation)

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