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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 30

30 Jun 2022, 10:44 GMT+10

KIEV -- Ukraine and Russia carried out their largest prisoner exchange since the start of the conflict on Feb. 24, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Defense Ministry said Wednesday in a statement on Telegram.

The agency said 144 Ukrainians aged 19 and 65 years returned home as a result of the exchange. (Ukraine-Russia-Prisoner swap)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said on Wednesday that he will officially step down from the bench at noon Thursday.

Breyer, who has served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court since 1994, made the announcement in a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden.

The 83-year-old liberal announced his retirement from the court earlier this year. He will be replaced by 51-year-old Ketanji Brown Jackson. (U.S.-Supreme Court-Retirement)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that he will not run in the upcoming elections as his coalition government has collapsed only a year after its inauguration.

He said in a broadcast statement that he will "soon" step down as prime minister and rotate with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid after the Israeli parliament is expected to vote on Thursday to approve a bill to dissolve itself. (Israel-Elections-Bennett)

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ABUJA -- At least five persons were killed and nine others injured when a bus suddenly caught fire Wednesday along the Lagos-Ibadan highway linking three states in Nigeria's southwest region, the traffic police said.

Ahmed Umar, a commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the southern state of Ogun, said the fire incident in Ogere, a town along the Ogun corridor of the highway, occurred as a result of mechanical deficiency while in motion. (Nigeria-Road accident)

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