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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Nov. 26

26 Nov 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he has pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump tweeted, congratulating the retired Army lieutenant general while wishing him "a truly fantastic Thanksgiving." (US-Flynn Case)

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SAO PAULO -- A doubledecker bus transporting textile factory workers collided head on with a truck in southeastern Brazil's Sao Paulo state on Wednesday, killing 40 people, the regional Fire Department reported.

The roadway accident, one of the year's deadliest in Brazil, occurred shortly before 7 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT) on state highway SP 249, also known as the Alfredo de Oliveira Carvalho Hwy., in the town of Taguai, 347 kilometers west of the state capital Sao Paulo. (Brazil-Accident)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's government on Wednesday declared three days of national mourning for the death of football legend Diego Armando Maradona, the office of the presidency said.

"The President of the Nation will decree three days of national mourning from the day (of his death)," according to the statement. (Sports-Soccer-Maradona)

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 60 million on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global case count reached 60,037,735, with a total of 1,413,325 deaths worldwide as of 12:27 p.m. local time (1727 GMT), the CSSE data showed. (Global-COVID-19 cases)

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