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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 8

08 Mar 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

YAOUNDE -- Explosions in the Equatorial Guinean city of Bata on Sunday were caused by accident, and the latest casualty count showed at least 20 people were killed and 600 others injured, according to the country's authorities.

Sunday afternoon, at the Nkoatama military camp in Bata, explosives warehouses caught fire following the fire at nearby farms, causing successive explosions, according to a statement from the presidency of Equatorial Guinea. (Equatorial Guinea-Explosions)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States and South Korea reached an agreement on defense cost-sharing with increased contribution from South Korea, U.S. State Department said on Sunday.

"We are pleased that U.S. and Republic of Korea negotiators have reached consensus on a proposed text of a Special Measures Agreement (SMA) that will strengthen our Alliance and our shared defense," said a State Department spokesperson. (US-South Korea-Defense)

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PARIS -- Olivier Dassault, deputy of conservative party Les Republicains and son of French industrialist Serge Dassault, was killed in a helicopter crash, President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter on Sunday.

"Olivier Dassault loved France. A captain of industry, lawmaker... during his life, he never ceased to serve our country. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones," Macron tweeted. (France-Dassault)

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SAO PAULO -- The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the largest grain producer in the country, announced on Sunday that its hospital network has begun to collapse, as there is a lack of intensive care beds due to the increasing number of patients suffering from COVID-19.

The health authorities of Mato Grosso said in a statement that 59 patients needing intensive care beds have been turned away from the state's hospitals, and the state has asked other areas to treat the patients. (Brazil-COVID-19)

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