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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Aug. 8

Xinhua
08 Aug 2020, 16:05 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. state of California witnessed its death toll from COVID-19 surpass 10,000 on Friday, the California Department of Public Health said.

With a population of around 40 million, the country's most populous state saw its deaths from COVID-19 rise by 142 to reach 10,011 over the past 24 hours, the department said in its daily report. (US-Califorinia-COVID-19)

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BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to Irfaan Ali who has been sworn in as president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

Guyana is the first nation in the English-speaking Caribbean region to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, Xi recalled in his message. (China-Guyana-Congratulations)

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico reported 6,717 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 469,407 cases, the country's health ministry said on Friday.

Meanwhile, 794 additional deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 51,311. (Mexico-COVID-19)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon increased 34.5 percent between August 2019 and July 2020 compared to the same period the previous year, with a total of 9,205 square km of forest destroyed.

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE), a body connected to the Ministry of Science and Technology, calculates deforestation using the Real-Time Deforestation Detection System, which monitors the world's largest forest by satellite. (Brazil-Amazon Deforestation)

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OUAGADOUGOU -- Twenty people were killed and many others injured as gunmen randomly fired on a crowd in a livestock market on Friday in eastern Burkina Faso, official news agency AIB reported.

The multiple-deaths shooting occured in the livestock market of Namoungou, about 30 km from the provincial capital Fada N'gourma in the eastern region of the terrorism-prone west African country, the report said. (BurkinaFaso-Shooting)

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