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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 24

24 Jan 2021, 16:18 GMT+10

SAO PAULO -- Unnecessary movement as well as non-essential activities will be banned for seven days starting from Monday in the face of the collapse of the health system due to the surge in the cases of COVID-19, Wilson Lima, governor of the Brazilian state of Amazonas announced on Saturday.

"The movement of people will be prohibited, which does not mean cutting off their right to come and go, but they can only leave out of extreme necessity, such as going to the doctor, the supermarket or being authorized to work," said the governor at a press conference. (Brazil-Amazonas-Coronavirus)

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LOS ANGELES -- AP Moller-Maersk, one of the world's biggest integrated container logistics company, confirmed on Friday one of its container ships from China to the United States lost several hundred containers with over 700 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the Pacific Ocean.

About 750 containers from the Maersk Essen fell overboard on Jan. 16 while sailing from the eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, to Los Angeles, the Danish company said in a statement, adding that all crew members are safe, and a detailed assessment of the cargo is ongoing while the vessel continues its journey. (US-China-Cargo)

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CANBERRA -- Leader of Australia's opposition Labor Party Anthony Albanese said on Sunday that he is preparing for a federal election, promising to release his signature economic policies well in advance of votes being cast.

He told Sky News that the economic policies of the two major parties would be the major issue in the election, promising that a Labor government would prioritize boosting productivity and better outcomes for workers. (Australia-Opposition-Election)

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TRIPOLI -- The International Follow-Up Committee for Libya Security Working Group reiterated on Saturday their full and continued commitment to the implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement.

"They reiterated their commitment to facilitating the work of the 5+5 JMC (Joint Military Commission), through enhanced cooperation and their continued support to the political process," the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) who represents the working group said in a statement. (Libya-Ceasefire Agreement)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudanese political experts have expressed confidence in the ability of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to continue to improve governance with its unique experience, achieve economic and social development, and enhance reform and openness.

The experts and analysts told Xinhua recently that the CPC is to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2021, and it is an occasion to reaffirm the pioneering role of the party internally and externally. (Sudan-China-CPC-Governance)

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