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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, March 27

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DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday condemned that two Qatari military aircraft flew dangerously close to two UAE civil aircraft in the airspace of Bahrain, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

The approach of the Qatari fighter jets prompted one of the UAE aircraft to maneuver to avoid collisions, said the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority. (UAE-Qatar-Bahrain)

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BERLIN -- A German court on Monday extended the remand of Spain's former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, local media DW reported.

A court in Neumunster in the state of Schleswig-Holstein issued a detention order on Monday and Puigdemont remains in custody. (Germany-Catalan-Extradition)h - - - -

UNITED NATIONS -- The UN Secretariat has received the U.S. decision to expel 12 diplomats of the Russian mission to the world body, said a UN spokesman on Monday.

"I can confirm that the United States mission to the United Nations informed the Secretariat of its decision to take action under Section 13 (b) of the UN-U.S. Headquarters Agreement with respect to certain members of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. This action may require those members to leave the country (of the United States)," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN-Russia-Spy Poisoning)

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GENEVA -- Six WTO members, including the European Union (EU) and China, on Monday expressed their concern over the safeguard measures imposed by the United States against imported solar cells and residential washers in the form of higher tariffs.

The U.S. administration decided in January to impose tariffs of up to 50 percent on imported washers for the next three years, and up to 30 percent on solar cells and modules for the next four years. (WTO-US-Protectionist Measures) Enditem