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Xinhua world news summary at 1100 GMT, June 2

Xinhua
02 Jun 2020, 21:30 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- Some 200 people were arrested in New York City Monday night before a curfew order went into effect at 11 p.m. (0300 GMT on Tuesday), local media reported.

Following the same pattern as in the previous days, peaceful protests in the city turned ugly as the night fell. Those arrested on Monday were mostly looters who broke into various shops in Midtown Manhattan, Union Square and on Fifth Avenue, which have all been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBC4 and The New York Times. (US-NYC-Arrests)

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 8,863 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total to 423,741, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Tuesday.

The death toll increased by 182 to 5,037, while 186,985 people have recovered, including 11,108 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will extend mandatory quarantine for all inbound travelers from the mainland, the Macao SAR and Taiwan that will expire on June 7 for another month to July 7.

At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, HKSAR government Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan announced the extension, saying the HKSAR government is considering relaxing restrictions on arrivals from outside in a bid to exchange economic activities. (Hong Kong-Quarantine-Epidemic)

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NEW DELHI -- At least 13 persons died in landslides in India's northeastern state of Assam, which were triggered by heavy rains over the past few days, a state government official said on Tuesday.

The deceased included some members of a single family. The landslides were reported from a couple of districts in the state. (India-Landslides Deaths)

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CAPE TOWN -- The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has deplored rising racial discrimination in the United States, calling for "an amicable solution" to the current racial impasse.

"While we note the action taken by American authorities in charging one of the officers who was caught on camera kneeling on an unarmed (George) Floyd, it is equally concerning that incidents of police brutality against African American citizens are on the increase," the party said in a statement available to Xinhua on Tuesday. (South Africa-US-Racism)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel has launched a national plan for the cleanliness of public spaces in local authorities, the state's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) said Monday.

According to the ministry's statement, the program will cost 150 million new shekels (about 42.9 million U.S. dollars) for three years. (Israel-Cleanliness)

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