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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 14

14 Jan 2021, 16:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for action to ensure accountability for "heinous" attacks in the Central African Republic on Wednesday that left a Rwandan peacekeeper dead and another one wounded.

The UN chief strongly condemned the coordinated assaults near capital Bangui, which were carried out by unidentified armed combatants. (UN-CAR-Attacks)

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NEW YORK -- U.S.-based technology company Snap Inc. will permanently terminate U.S. President Donald Trump's account on Snapchat on Jan. 20.

"In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account," said a statement emailed to multiple media organizations on Wednesday by the company. (US-Snapchat-Trump)

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WASHINGTON -- Shortly after being impeached by the House on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the mob violence in the U.S. Capitol riot, while calling for national unity.

"Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could truly endorse political violence," the president said in a pre-recorded video released on the White House's official Twitter account as his own one was locked by the company after the mayhem. (US-Trump-Impeachment)

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JOHANNESBURG -- The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Wednesday condemned the United States "in the strongest terms possible" for classifying Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Washington's action is a smokescreen to tighten its unilateral and arbitrary blockade of Cuba, SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said, adding the move is also a repeated and severe violation of international law, which has been overwhelmingly condemned by the United Nations and all peaceful people around the world. (US-Cuba-Blacklist)

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