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Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, Oct. 21

Xinhua
21 Oct 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

LA PAZ -- Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) led Sunday's presidential race with 50.38 percent of the votes, with 62 percent of ballots counted, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) said on Tuesday.

As of 12:30 p.m. local time (16:30 GMT), the Citizen Community (CC) party's candidate Carlos Mesa trailed in second place, with 31.69 percent of the votes. (Bolivia-Elections-Ballots)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday canceled her scheduled campaign trip to key swing state Pennsylvania since she is still sick with "lingering cough", according to her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.

"Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today," Grisham told CNN. (US-Melania Trump-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday continued COVID-19 relief talks, which "provided more clarity and common ground," said Drew Hammill, Pelosi's spokesman and deputy chief of staff.

"The Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 3:00 p.m. today for approximately 45 minutes. Their conversation provided more clarity and common ground as they move closer to an agreement," Hammill said in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon. (US-Democrats-Relief Talks)

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WASHINGTON -- At least seven people have been charged with international trafficking of flying squirrels worth an estimated one million U.S. dollars in southeastern U.S. state Florida, local media reported on Tuesday.

More than 10,000 squirrel traps were deployed to catch as many as 3,600 flying squirrels in less than three years, said a report by The Hill, noting the total estimated cost after international sales is upwards of a million dollars. (US-Flying Squirrel-Trafficking)

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