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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 18

18 Apr 2021, 11:44 GMT+10

LONDON -- The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh was held Saturday in Windsor in line of the British government's coronavirus restrictions.

Britain fell silent for a minute of reflection ahead of Prince Philip's funeral which began at 15:00 BST (1400 GMT) at St. George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is about 35 kilometers away from central London. (UK-Funeral-Duke of Edinburgh)

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PRAGUE -- The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian embassy staff from the Russian embassy in Prague, said Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday.

The expelled, who were allegedly "identified as members of the Russian secret services", will have to leave the Czech Republic within 48 hours, said Czech Interior Minister and also acting Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek. (Czech-Expel-Russian Embassy Staff)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of people on Friday night marched through downtown Oakland, U.S. state of California, to demonstrate against fatal police shootings in Minneapolis and Chicago, according to a police statement released early Saturday morning.

"The City of Oakland experienced disruptive protests in the Downtown area," the city's police department said in a tweet. (US-Oakland-Protest)

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HAVANA -- Cuba registered 1,026 cases and 12 deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily death toll since the disease appeared in the country last year, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Saturday.

According to the ministry, the total number of cases has reached 92,474 while the death toll has climbed to 512. (Cuba-COVID-19-Cases)

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