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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Nov. 29

29 Nov 2021, 11:05 GMT+10

OTTAWA -- Two people in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19, according to the Ontario provincial government on Sunday.

The two people recently traveled to Nigeria.

"Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation," according to a statement issued by Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore on Sunday. (Canada-Omicron variant)

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LIMA -- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 shook the northern Peruvian department of Amazonas Sunday morning, leaving injuries and damage to infrastructure according to preliminary reports, the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) confirmed.

The earthquake was registered at 5:52 a.m. local time (1052 GMT) at a depth of 131 km and 98 km east of the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the province of Condorcanqui near the border with Ecuador. (Peru-Earthquake)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Forces loyal to the Yemeni government shelled on Sunday positions held by the Houthi rebel militia in the country's oil-rich province of Marib, a military official told Xinhua.

"The Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces shelled Houthi-controlled sites in the southern part of Marib, killing nearly 15 rebels," the local military source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Marib-Houthi)

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LOS ANGELES -- Disney's animated film "Encanto" led ticket sales at the North American box office with an estimated 40.3-million-U.S.-dollar debut over the 5-day Thanksgiving weekend beginning Wednesday, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

Although "Encanto" has snared the biggest opening of the COVID-19 pandemic era for an animated title, the musical fantasy film's opening tally is still considerably lower than other Disney tentpoles released for Thanksgiving before the pandemic. (US-Box office)

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