Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Dec. 26

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 190,488 on Friday after 482 more patients died from the virus in the previous 24 hours.

Tests detected 22,967 more infections, raising the nationwide tally to 7,448,560, said the Ministry of Health. (Brazil-COVID-19)


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UNITED NATIONS — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday strongly condemned the attacks by unidentified armed combatants on UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), said his spokesman.

Friday’s attacks on the national defense and security forces of the CAR and the UN peacekeeping force in the country left three peacekeepers from Burundi killed and two others wounded, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement. (UN-CAR-Attacks)

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ADDIS ABABA — The death toll from the recent armed attack in western Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz regional state has risen to 207, the country’s federal rights group confirmed late Friday.

Among the victims were 133 adult men, 35 adult women, some 20 elderly persons as well as 17 children, one of them a six-month-old baby, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a rights group established by the Ethiopian parliament, said in a statement late Friday. (Ethiopia-Armed Attack)

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TEHRAN — Two climbers lost their lives after falling in a cliff in the heights north of Tehran, and another one was severely injured, an official at Iran’s Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation said on Friday.

“Three people were injured in a fall along the Kolakchal trail, two of whom died instantly and a third one had a cold stroke,” Hamid Masaedian, head of the Rescue Department at the federation said, as quoted by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Iran-Accident)

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