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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 6

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Nine Chadian soldiers were killed during an attack on their position early Friday by Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram attackers in the Lake Chad basin, one source from Chadian army told Xinhua.

About 40 attackers were shot dead by the Chadian army, the source said. On Nov. 1, 2015, three Chadian soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in two simultaneous terrorist attacks at the army positions in Bohama and Kaiga-Kindiria. During these attacks, 16 attackers were also killed. (Chad-Killing)

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DAMASCUS -- The de-escalation zones deal went into effect in Syria at midnight Saturday, local al-Watan online newspaper reported.

The deal was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday. Earlier on Friday, Russia's General Sergei Rudskoi, head of the main operational directorate of Russia's military, was quoted as saying that the agreement brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran to establish "de-escalation zones" in main battlefields in Syria will go into force at midnight Saturday.(Syria-De-escalation)

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PARIS -- French police on Friday found hidden weapons near the military base in western France, where a former soldier was arrested, local media reported.

The 34-year-old suspect was already known to French intelligence services before the arrest as "fiche S," which refers to people considered a specific threat to security and those who have been radicalized. The arrest came two days before the second round of the French presidential election, in the backdrop of high security risks. (France-Presidential election-Attack)

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ANKARA -- A total of 107 Turkey's judges and prosecutors were dismissed on Friday as part of an ongoing probe into the Gulen movement.

Turkey's High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) dismissed these judicial officials over their alleged links to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in July 2016, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. (Turkey-Gulen)

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CARACAS -- The Venezuelan Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, warned Friday that the country is on the brink of "armed insurrection" after almost 40 days of protests by the opposition.

Protests since the beginning of April have left at least 36 dead. Lopez said Venezuela must create a "great space for national dialogue, with the economic matter at the forefront," to restart economic motors, such as food, health and hygiene. (Venezuela-Protest) Endi