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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Sept. 23

23 Sep 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- At least seven security force members and four militants were killed and 14 people wounded in fresh clashes in two Afghan provinces on Tuesday night, a local official confirmed on Wednesday.

In northern Kunduz province, five security forces and four militants were killed and eight soldiers and four militants wounded after security forces responded to Taliban militants who stormed security checkpoints in two localities in Imam Sahib district, bordering Tajikistan, district chief Mahbubullah Sayyedi told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Clashes-Death)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the U.S. hitting 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 "a shame," alleging that things could have been worse.

"I think it's a shame," Trump told reporters at the White House, while seeking to defend his administration's response to the pandemic. (US-Trump-COVID-19)

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LAGOS -- Nigeria's organized labor is mobilizing for a general strike on Monday to protest over the federal government's refusal to reverse the hikes in electricity tariff and fuel price.

Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), said at a news conference in the country's capital Abuja on Tuesday that after a council meeting, the organization resolved to reject the hike in electricity tariff by almost 100 percent as well as in fuel price in the name of deregulation. (Nigeria-Labor Union-Strike)

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