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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 4

04 Dec 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

ABUJA -- At least 43 bandits were killed in multiple operations carried out in the past week by the Nigerian military, an official said on Thursday.

The operations were made by troops in the country's central and northwest regions, between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, said John Enenche, the spokesman for the Nigerian military. (Nigeria-Attack-Death)

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MEXICO CITY -- Six people were killed in a series of shootouts Wednesday night in small border towns between Mexico's central state of Michoacan and neighboring Jalisco state in the west, local police reported Thursday.

The Michoacan Public Security Secretariat said via Twitter that law enforcement agencies found six bodies when they were responding to reports of gunfire in the towns of Cotija, Tocumbo and Tinguindin. (Mexico-Violence)

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NEW YORK -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 14 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. COVID-19 case count rose to 14,012,378, with a total of 274,648 deaths, as of 2:26 p.m. local time (1926 GMT), according to the CSSE tally. (U.S.-COVID-19 Cases)

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UNITED NATIONS -- An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030, due to the severe long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total number to more than a billion, a new study from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has found.

According to the study, released on Thursday, such a "high damage" scenario would mean a protracted recovery from COVID-19, anticipating that 80 percent of the pandemic-induced economic crisis would continue over a decade. (UN-UNDP-Report-Poverty)

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