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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Aug. 3

03 Aug 2020, 15:30 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- Over 1,300 firefighters were battling a fast-growing wildfire burning out of control on Sunday in Riverside County of Southern California.

The blaze, dubbed "Apple Fire," forced around 8,000 local residents to be evacuated, the authorities said. (US-S. California-Wildfire)

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 cases have surpassed 18 million on Sunday, reaching 18,002,567 as of 9:34 p.m. local time (0134 GMT Monday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 687,930 people worldwide have died from the disease, the data showed.

The United States has suffered the most from the pandemic, with 4,665,932 cases and 154,841 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 2,733,677 cases and 94,104 deaths, the tally showed. (Global-COVID-19-Caseload)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least two civilians were killed and 24 other people wounded in a car bomb blast and ensuing gunfire outside a prison in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province Sunday, a local official confirmed.

The attack took place during a three-day Eid al-Adha ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban. (Afghanistan-Prison Attack-Casualty)

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TEGUCIGALPA -- Honduras' armed forces reported Sunday the destruction of a clandestine airstrip used by drug trafficking organizations to ship illicit drugs.

The move brought the total number of airstrips dismantled so far this year to 21. A total of 246 secret airstrips have been destroyed since 2014. (Honduras-Anti-drug-Operation)

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