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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 17

17 Jan 2021, 16:05 GMT+10

CARACAS -- The Venezuelan government rejected a recent decision by a U.S. judge, which authorized the sale of shares of Citgo, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), calling it "procedural fraud."

"Venezuela denounces and deeply rejects the actions of the government of Donald Trump, in complicity with a stronghold of Venezuelan extremists who, acting in collusion, have committed transnational crimes in order to appropriate assets from Venezuela and its entities throughout the world," the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Venezuela-Citgo-U.S.)

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BUENOS AIRES -- The Argentinean government confirmed on Saturday the first case in the country of a new coronavirus variant that was first identified in Britain and appears to be more contagious.

The new variant was detected in a traveler who arrived asymptomatic in Argentina from Germany at the end of December 2020, Argentina's Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Roberto Salvarezza wrote on Twitter. (Argentina-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- The number of casualties of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake which hit Indonesia's West Sulawesi province on Friday, rose to 56, Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday.

The agency's spokesman Raditya Jati said the number of injured remained at 826, including 189 people suffering serious wounds in Mamuju city who have been undergoing medical treatment, and 12 others sustaining severe injuries in Majene district. (Indonesia-Earthquake)

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MUMBAI -- India's western state of Maharashtra said it has suspended its COVID-19 vaccination drive till Monday due to a technical glitch in the app that led to lower turnout on the first day of the initiative on Saturday.

The drive will re-commence on Tuesday in a full-fledged manner, which was halted due to a dysfunctional centralized app, state government officials said late Saturday. (India-Maharashtra-Vaccination)

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