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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 28

28 Oct 2020, 21:18 GMT+10

JOHANNESBURG -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa began self-quarantine after one of the 35 guests who attended an event here with him over the weekend tested positive for COVID-19, the presidency said in a statement Wednesday.

"The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests," Tyrone Seale, acting spokesperson to the president, said in the statement. (S.Africa-President-Self-quarantine)

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NEW DELHI -- The Chinese Embassy in India on Tuesday urged the United States to "respect facts and truth, abandon the Cold War and the zero-sum mentality, stop hyping up the so-called 'China threat,' and stop the wrong actions that undermine regional peace and stability."

The statement was issued against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for openly attacking China during their visit to India to attend the India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. (India-Chinese Embassy)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- More than 29 million Tanzanians are taking to some 80,000 polling stations across the country to cast ballots for the elections of president, members of parliament and councilors on Wednesday.

The elections have attracted 15 presidential candidates from 15 political parties but the race is tight between incumbent President John Magufuli of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi and Tundu Lissu from leading opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo. (Tanzania-Election)

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HAVANA -- Cuban vaccine producer Finlay Institute said Tuesday the country's regulatory authority has approved phase one of clinical trials of the institute's second COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Soberana02.

Cuba's Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices has approved the phase one clinical trials of vaccine candidate Soberana02, the institute tweeted. (Cuba-Vaccine)

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