May 18 world news summary at 1530 GMT

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Boko Haram
Boko Haram

Boko Haram
Boko Haram
ABUJA — One of Nigeria’s missing 219 Chibok girls has been found by a local vigilante group on a rescue mission in Sambisa Forest, a large training ground of Boko Haram in the northeastern state of Borno, local sources said on Wednesday. (Nigeria-Boko Haram)
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DAMASCUS — Aid convoys entered the Syrian town of Harasta in the countryside of the capital Damascus on Wednesday for the first time in four years, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The convoy carries food, medicine and essentials for 10,000 people, said the ICRC. (Syria-Damascus-Aid)
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MALE — The Maldives has decided to sever its diplomatic ties with Iran as it believes the policies that Iran pursues in the Middle East is detrimental to the peace and security of the region, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Xinhua on Wednesday. (Maldives-Iran-Diplomatic Ties)
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced Wednesday that the country has accepted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) invitation to open an Israeli office in the headquarters of the organization in Brussels. (Israel-NATO-Office)
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COLOMBO — The death toll from Sri Lanka’s flash floods and landslides rose to 37 on Wednesday while over 350,000 people had been affected, the Disaster Management Center said.
Two massive landslides which struck Sri Lanka’s Kegalle Province on Tuesday and Wednesday owing to strong winds and heavy rains, had killed at least 16 people while hundreds remained missing. (Sri Lanka-Floods-Deaths)
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QUITO — An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck western Ecuador early Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey.
The powerful quake occurred at 02:57:04 local time (07:57:04 GMT), with the epicenter located about 34 kilometers from Rosa Zarate and 60 kilometers from Esmeraldas at a depth of about 10 kilometers. (Ecuador-Earthquake) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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