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Jul. 8, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Xinhua world news summary at 0800 GMT, July 8

PAYERNE, Switzerland -- A Swiss solar-powered plane has made aviation history by flying non-stop for nearly 26 hours, including through the night.

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which took off at dawn Wednesday, landed at Payerne airfield north of Lausanne at around 9 am (0700 GMT) Thursday after a successful 25-hour fuel-less flight over the Jura mountains and Lake Neuchatel, west of the Swiss Alps, the official Swissinfo.ch news website reported. (Switzerland-Solar Plane)

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PYONGYANG -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s top leader Kim Jong Il has inspected a large power station under construction and an army food factory, said the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Thursday.

Kim spoke highly of the workers at the construction site of the Wonsan Army-People Power Station. (DPRK-Kim-Inspection)

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LOS ANGELES -- A moderate quake measuring 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale shook south California on Wednesday afternoon, and was felt by many residents from Los Angeles to San Diego.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to the Los Angeles city and county fire departments. (US-Quake)

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BAGHDAD -- The casualties from a series of bomb attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims during the past 24 hours in Baghdad rose to 54 killed and some 359 others injured, an Interior Ministry told Xinhua on Thursday.

"A total of 51 pilgrims were killed and 318 others wounded from Wednesday's attacks, including the suicide bombing of Adamiyah district in northern Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Bombings)

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HERAT, Afghanistan -- An explosion rocked Herat city in west Afghanistan Thursday morning, police said.

"It was a roadside bomb apparently targeted a police vehicle as a result a police officer was injured," a police officer in Herat city the capital of Herat province told Xinhua but declined to be identified. (Afghanistan-Explosion)

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HONG KONG -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had lifted the world's GDP growth forecast for 2010 to 4.6 percent from an April projection of 4.2 percent, according to the latest world economic outlook released by the body on Thursday.

The revised projection was "reflecting stronger activity during the first half of the year. The forecast for 2011 is unchanged," said the IMF. (HK-IMF-Economy)

 

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