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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Aug. 7

07 Aug 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he has determined to re-impose a 10-percent tariff on aluminum from Canada, according to a newly released presidential proclamation.

The 10-percent tariff will take effect on Aug. 16, and "shall continue in effect, unless such actions are expressly reduced, modified, or terminated, " the proclamation read. (US-Canada-Aluminum Tariff)

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 710,000 on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Total COVID-19 cases around the world rose to 18,908,111, with deaths reaching 710,318 as of 3:34 p.m. (1934 GMT), the CSSE data showed. (Global-COVID-19-Death)

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WASHINGTON -- Governor Mike DeWine of U.S. midwestern state of Ohio, a key swing state in the 2020 U.S. elections, announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, just ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit.

"As part of the standard protocol to greet President Trump on the tarmac in Cleveland, I took a COVID test. I tested positive," DeWine tweeted. (US-Ohio Governor-COVID-19 Positive)

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NOUAKCHOTT -- Thirty-nine illegal migrants died Thursday after their boat sank in international waters off Nouadhibou, the economic capital of Mauritania, a security source told Xinhua.

"According to the only survivor, a Guinean who is currently in a hospital in the economic capital (Nouadhibou), the boat came from Morocco to go to the Canary Islands in Spain," the security source in Nouadhibou said. (Mauritania-Illegal Immigrants-Deaths)

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