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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Nov. 23

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23 Nov 2022, 10:30 GMT+10

JAKARTA -- The death toll of Monday's earthquake in west Indonesia has jumped to 268 and 151 others are still missing, a local official said on Tuesday.

"The number of the death toll has reached 268 people now," Head of the National Disaster Management Agency Suharyanto told a press conference. (Indonesia-Earthquake-Death)

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NEW YORK -- COVID-19 exacted a higher infection-related and excess all-cause death toll from the United States than from 20 peer countries throughout the pandemic but had less of an impact in the most-vaccinated states in the Delta and Omicron surges, according to a new study.

"Adjusted for population size, the United States had 155,000 to 466,000 more deaths than peer nations in the second half of 2021 and early 2022," the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota reported on Monday, citing the study published in JAMA last week. (US-COVID Toll)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday announced the appointment of Michelle Muschett of Panama as UN assistant secretary-general, assistant administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Muschett is a social policy and global development specialist with multisectoral experience in leadership positions, the UN chief's press office said in a statement. (UNDP-New Appointment)

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ABUJA -- A total of 37 people were killed Tuesday after two buses had a head-on collision in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the traffic police said.

Utten Boyi, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Borno, told reporters that the buses caught fire after the collision along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road. (Nigeria-Road Accident)

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