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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 4

05 Apr 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

VIENTIANE -- A yacht capsized in Nam Ngum Lake near the Lao capital Vientiane Sunday morning, causing eight deaths, the state-run Lao News Agency (KPL) reported.

The yacht, carrying 39 people on board overturned at around 9:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Sunday when caught by a sudden storm hitting the capital area with strong wind, thunder and fairly heavy rain. (Laos-Boat Capsize)

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JAKARTA -- The death toll of the flash floods in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara stood at 41 on Sunday, with 27 people still missing, the country's disaster mitigation agency said at a press conference on Sunday evening.

Spokesman of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Raditya Jati said that at least nine people were injured. (Indonesia-Flood-Death)

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out plans on Monday to develop a "COVID status certification" scheme to enable the safe return of mass gatherings and indoor events as lockdown restrictions eased in England.

Football cup finals, the World Snooker Championship, a comedy club and a cinema will be used to test vaccine passports over the next few weeks, according to The Guardian newspaper. (Britain-COVID-19-Status Certification)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on European participants in the 2015 nuclear agreement to maintain a "constructive" attitude in the meeting scheduled for April 6 in Vienna.

Zarif made the demand on Saturday in a telephone conversation with his British counterpart Dominic Raab, the official website of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Sunday. (Iran-US-Nuke Deal)

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