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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 18

18 Sep 2020, 11:05 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 30 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global case count reached 30,003,378, with a total of 942,989 deaths worldwide as of 6:22 p.m. local time (2222 GMT), the CSSE data showed. (US-World-Coronavirus)

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CARACAS -- The OPEC+ cooperation agreement saw "a record level of compliance" in August, Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said on Thursday.

"We applaud the excellent results of the cooperative work of OPEC+," El Aissami said via Twitter, adding the level of compliance with production quotas in August was 101 percent. (Venezuela-OPEC-Compliance)

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NIAMEY -- The Islamic State (IS) group claimed on Thursday the responsibility for killing eight people including six French citizens and two Nigeriens in Niger on Aug. 9.

The victims who left to visit a giraffe reserve in the Koure area, about 70 km south-east of Niamey in Tillabry region, were in a vehicle belonging to the NGO ACTED when they were attacked, which was then burnt by the attackers, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. (Niger-IS-Killing)

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TUNIS -- The Tunisian authorities on Thursday classified all the country's 24 provinces as the red zone, the highest level of severity in terms of the spread of the COVID-19, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) reported.

The announcement came as an average of more than 10 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been recorded in the 24 provinces, said the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases. (Tunis-Coronavirus-Red Zone)

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