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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 17

17 Oct 2020, 11:05 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. President Donald Trump has approved California's request for a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state's emergency response to wildfires, California governor Gavin Newsom said Friday.

"Just got off the phone with President Trump who has approved our Major Disaster Declaration request. Grateful for his quick response," said Newsom in a statement. (US-Wildfires)

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LA PAZ -- Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) authorized on Friday an electoral roll of 7,332,925 citizens, out of a total of more than 11 million inhabitants, for the presidential elections on Sunday.

The vice president of the TSE, Maria Angelica Ruiz said a transparent clean-up of the electoral roll was performed to reduce the possibility of fraud. (Bolivia-Elections)

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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday welcomed the further release of detainees in Yemen, noting that prisoner exchange is proof that breakthroughs can be achieved through dialogue and compromise.

"The secretary-general welcomes the further release of detainees by the Yemeni parties on Oct. 15 and 16, in line with the agreement reached on Sept. 27 for the release of over 1,000 people who had been detained in connection with the conflict," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN-Guterres-Yemen Prisoners)

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BRUSSELS -- Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced here on Friday stricter measures, including a nation-wide curfew, to limit the spread of COVID-19 at the end of a meeting of the Consultation Committee.

According to De Croo, a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. will be imposed throughout the country starting Monday. (Belgium-COVID-19-Curfew)

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