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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Feb. 9

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The parliamentary bill empowering the British government to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union completed its passage Wednesday night in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Theresa May's government succeeded in crossing the final crucial hurdle with 494 votes to 122 -- a majority of 372. (Britain-Brexit)

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DAMASCUS -- An Israeli fighter jet fired a rocket at a Syrian military site in the country's southern province of Qunaitera on Wednesday, leaving no casualties, pro-government al-Watan electronic newspaper reported.

The warplane targeted the position at the outskirts of al-Baath city in Qunaitera, said the report, adding that no casualties have fallen during the attack. (Syria-Israel)

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JERUSALEM -- Four rockets were fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula towards Eilat in southern Israel, setting off sirens in the quiet resort city on Wednesday night.

According to the military, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted three rockets, and a fourth rocket exploded in an open field.

No injuries or damages were reported. No organization immediately claimed responsibility for the barrage. (Egypt-Israel)

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MOGADISHU -- Former Prime Minster Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected the new president of Somalia after the incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded his defeat after two rounds of voting.

Farmajo garnered 184 votes against his closest contender Mohamud who got 97 votes in the second round to emerge as winner. The third candidate, former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, got 45 votes. (Somalia-President) Endi