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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Aug. 13

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13 Aug 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Five civilians were killed and six others injured as a roadside bombing struck a car in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Thursday, provincial police spokesman Jamal Barikzai said.

The bomb planted by militants struck a civilian car in Dand district in the morning rush hour killing five commuters on the spot and injuring six others, the official said. All the victims including women and children are members of the same family, the official added. (Afghanistan-Bombing)

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BEIJING -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 jolted 167 km south of False Pass, Alaska at 06:40:00 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 64.0 km, was initially determined to be at 53.351 degrees north latitude and 163.555 degrees west longitude. (US-Earthquake)

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LONDON -- At least 922 healthcare workers in the United States have died of COVID-19, a recent report has found.

According to the report published by Lost on the Frontline, a joint project between U.S. nonprofit Kaiser Health News and UK newspaper the Guardian, 167 of the health workers have been identified, with their profiles published as part of the report. (US-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- The number of unemployed Australians topped 1 million for the first time ever during the month of July amid the COVID-19 pandemic despite almost 115,000 jobs being created during the same period, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Thursday.

Between June and July, the national unemployment rate rose from 7.4 percent to 7.5 percent, an increase of 15,700 people, reaching its highest level percentage-wise since 1998, as businesses struggled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Australia-Jobless Rate)

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