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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, May 24

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24 May 2020, 15:30 GMT+10

KABUL -- The Taliban outfit has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government during Eid al-Fitr, the second annual religious festival holidays, starting from Sunday, a Taliban spokesman confirmed.

"In order that our countrymen may celebrate their Eid festivities in ease and comfort, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of the ousted Taliban regime) orders all the Mujahideen to adopt special preparatory measures for the safety of our countrymen and not to attack the enemy in any place but if there is attack from enemy in any place then a befitting defensive response shall be given," Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement reaching Xinhua Sunday. (Afganistan-Taliban-Eid al-Fitr)

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RABAT -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI granted pardon to 483 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr holiday, said a statement from the Moroccan Justice ministry Saturday.

Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is celebrated on Sunday in Morocco. (Morocco-Prisoner-Eid al-Fitr)

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NICOSIA -- No new coronavirus cases were detected in tests on Saturday for the first time in Cyprus since March 9, when the country reported its first two cases, according to the Health Ministry.

"Out of a total of 2,414 laboratory tests, no cases of SARS-CoV-2 were detected," the ministry said in a statement. (Cyprus-COVID-19)

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LONDON -- France's first known COVID-19 case was detected last December, according to media reports.

Citing a doctor at Avicenne and Jean-Verdier hospitals near Paris, BBC reported that the patient "must have been infected between 14 and 22 December, as coronavirus symptoms take between five and 14 days to appear." (France-COVID-19)

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