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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 19

19 Jan 2021, 11:18 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- Head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has announced his resignation, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's press office said Monday.

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi informed Guterres that he would resign from his position with effect from Feb. 15, 2021, said Guterres's press office in a note to correspondents. (UN-UNCTAD-Resignation)

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ABUJA -- Thirty bandits were killed in a gunfight with troops in Nigeria's northwest region, a spokesman for the military said on Monday.

The incident occurred on Sunday at the Maje Riverline axis in the Bugundu local government area of the northern state of Zamfara, said Ibikunle Daramola, a spokesman for the Nigerian Airforce. (Nigeria-Troops-Bandits)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. COVID-19 confirmed cases topped 24 million, with total deaths approaching 400,000 on Monday, two days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

The country recorded over 24.04 million cases and more than 398,000 deaths as of 5:00 p.m. Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. (US-Coronavirus)

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QUITO -- At least 12 people were killed, including six minors, when a van veered off the road and into a ravine in the Andean Ecuadorian province of Bolivar, the national emergency service ECU 911 said on Monday.

According to the agency, the accident was reported at 8:33 p.m. local time on Sunday (01:33 GMT on Monday) on El Torneado road, which links the towns of Chimbo and Balsapamba. (Ecuador-Roadway-Crash)

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