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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Oct. 18

19 Oct 2021, 02:06 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Colin Powell, a former and the first African-American secretary of state, has died at 84 of COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday.

Powell's family said in a statement on Facebook that Powell, who also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before his role as the top U.S. diplomat, died Monday morning despite being fully vaccinated. (US-Powell-Obituary)

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ISTANBUL -- The Turkish lira has been hitting new record lows, and traded at 9.28 against one U.S. dollar early on Monday, triggering worries about higher inflation in the country.

"The depreciation of the lira has a direct impact on the pockets of citizens as Turkey imports a wide range of goods, especially energy, pushing the inflation higher and higher," Mehmet Sayginoglu, a tradesman from the capital city of Ankara, told Xinhua. (Turkey-Lira-Record Lows)

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MOSCOW -- Russia has registered 34,325 COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, a new record high since the pandemic hit the country, taking the national tally to 8,027,012, the official monitoring and response center said Monday.

Meanwhile, the nationwide death toll grew by 998 to 224,310, while recoveries increased by 16,431 to 7,017,055, the center said. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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LAGOS -- At least 30 people were killed by gunmen who attacked Sunday night a town in northwest Nigeria's Sokoto state, the state governor said on Monday.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, governor of the state, said in a statement on Monday a group of bandits attacked on Sunday night the Goronyo town, the headquarters of the Goronyo local government area in the state, killing at least 30 people. (Nigeria-Gunshot-Deaths)

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