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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 27

27 Jan 2021, 10:49 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global case count reached 100,032,461, with a total of 2,149,818 deaths worldwide, as of 2:22 p.m. local time (1922 GMT), the CSSE data showed. (World-COVID-19-100 Mln)

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WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen was sworn in Tuesday as the 78th Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

Yellen was sworn in by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris outside the White House earlier in the day after the Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 84-15 on Monday. (Janet Yellen-U.S.-Treasury Secretary)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel said on Tuesday that an Israeli ministerial delegation arrived quietly in Sudan's capital Khartoum, marking the first official Israeli visit to the Arab country in North Africa.

The delegation included Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, who headed the delegation, and head of Israel's National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat and other security officials, the intelligence ministry said in a statement. (Israel-Sudan-Visit)

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DAMASCUS -- At least three civilians were killed on Tuesday by an explosion in a rebel-held area in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, a war monitor reported.

The explosion took place at a vegetable market in the Tal Abyad area in the countryside of Raqqa, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Raqqa-Bombing)

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