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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 13

13 May 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday expected the ongoing clashes between Israelis and Palestinians would be "closing down sooner than later," while urging for restoring a sustainable calm.

"My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory," Biden told reporters at the White House. (US Israeli-Palestinian clashes)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Wednesday called for political will from Yemeni parties, particularly the Houthis, to end the war.

"A deal can be achieved easily, very quickly, if the key political leaders heed the calls of Yemenis and ourselves to make that right decision," he told the Security Council in a briefing. (UN-Yemen-Peace)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's security cabinet decided on Wednesday to escalate the military campaign against Gaza's ruler Hamas, amid the heaviest fighting between the two sides since 2014.

A government spokesperson said the cabinet decided to "hit Hamas with a serious blow" before considering any possible cease-fire with the Palestinian group, despite international efforts to broker calm. (Israel-Hamas-Attack)

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RABAT -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI granted pardon to 810 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr festival, said a statement from the justice ministry on Wednesday.

Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be celebrated on Thursday in Morocco. (Morocco-Pardon-Eid)

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HELSINKI -- The social media video sharing platform TikTok has altered the morning routines of young Finnish people, Finnish telecommunications provider DNA said on Wednesday in a press release.

"Whereas children for decades have been watching children's programmes on television before going to school, they now spend time with TikTok in the morning," the release said. (Finland-TikTok)

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