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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 15

Xinhua
15 Jan 2021, 15:55 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday highlighted a growing economic divide between those few people "at the very top" and the rest of America, calling on further relief to provide financial assistance to those who need it the most.

"Just as we are in the midst of a dark winter of this pandemic as cases, hospitalizations, and deaths spike at record levels, there is real pain overwhelming the real economy," Biden said in a speech to the nation Thursday night from Wilmington, Delaware. (US-Biden-Economic Divide)

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JAKARTA -- At least three people were killed and 24 others wounded after a 6.2-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia's West Sulawesi province early Friday, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

The quake forced about 2,000 residences in Mamuju city and Majene district to flee home and take shelters at safer grounds, said Raditya Jati, spokesman of the agency. (Indonesia-Earthquake)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil recorded more than 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus for the third consecutive day, reporting 1,131 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 207,095, the government said Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Health, 67,758 new cases were registered in the past day, the third day in a row with more than 60,000 infections, raising the total caseload to 8,324,294. (Brazil-Coronavirus)

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CARACAS -- Venezuela's National Assembly on Thursday established a Special Commission for Dialogue, Peace and National Reconciliation, made up of ruling coalition and opposition legislators, to resolve the economic crisis generated by U.S.-led sanctions.

"We made an effort so that all political forces... in the national parliament joined this special commission," Jorge Rodriguez, president of the assembly and the commission, told reporters. (Venezuela-Congress-Dialogue)

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