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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, May 3

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03 May 2021, 16:30 GMT+10

DHAKA -- At least 25 people were killed as a speedboat capsized after a head-on collision with a sand-laden bulkhead in Bangladesh's Padma river on Monday morning, according to local media reports.

Several people were still missing after the accident that occurred at around 7 a.m. local time, Bangla daily Prothom Alo quoted Inspector Ashiqur Rahman of Banglabazar Ferry Ghat Traffic Police as reporting. (Bangladesh-Boat-Accident)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina reported 11,394 new COVID-19 cases and 156 new deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide caseload and death toll to 3,005,259 and 64,252 respectively, its health ministry reported Sunday.

A total of 2,676,197 patients have so far recovered from the disease and 264,810 cases remain active, the ministry said. (Argentina-Pandemic)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell 0.8 percentage points over the week to 33.0 percent last week, the lowest since Moon took office in May 2017, according to the Realmeter survey on Monday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 0.4 percentage points to 62.6 percent last week. (South Korea-Moon-Approval Rate)

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NIAMEY -- Sixteen soldiers of the National Guard of Niger were killed and six others wounded in an attack in Tilia, west Niger, an official said on Sunday evening.

"We have just gone through a painful time. Captain Maman Nameywa of the National Guard of Niger, with his mates, fell yesterday" in an ambush launched by armed bandits in the department of Tilia, Ibrahim Miko, secretary general of the region, confirmed on national television. (Niger-Soldier-Killing)

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