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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Feb. 27

27 Feb 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Three people on a single-engine plane were killed Friday as the aircraft crashed into a ravine shortly after takeoff in Gainesville, Georgia, local media reported citing authorities.

Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett was quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) as saying all the three adult occupants of the plane died in the tragedy. (US-Plane Crash)

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MEXICO CITY -- Haitian authorities said Friday that 25 people died during a prison breakout at the Croix-des-Bouquets prison near the capital on Thursday, according to local media.

Among those killed were the head of the prison and Arnel Joseph, who was allegedly head of one of Haiti's main criminal networks and was arrested in 2019. (Haiti-Prison Breakout)

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ABUJA -- Nigerian authorities on Friday ordered the closure of all boarding schools in the northwestern state of Zamfara after the abduction of 317 students by gunmen in the state.

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, said in a broadcast that the move was to prevent activities of militants against students. (Nigeria-Abduction)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine Health Minister Carla Vizzotti on Friday said she had tested positive for COVID-19 and entered quarantine.

"I want to tell you that I did a swab as part of the procedure required to enter Congress on March 1, and they informed me of the positive result. Therefore, I will be quarantining over the next few days, following the established protocol," she posted to Twitter. (Argentina-COVID-19)

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