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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 13

14 Aug 2020, 02:18 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 750,000 on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the total COVID-19 cases around the world reaching 20,651,113, the death toll worldwide rose to 750,030 as of 8:27 a.m. (1227 GMT), the CSSE data showed. (Global-COVID-19-Deaths)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States has issued a modification to the list of European products subject to additional duties in a long-time dispute over aircraft subsidies, with changes to take effect on Sept. 1.

After World Trade Organization ruling on aircraft subsidies last year, the United States levied additional tariffs on a wide range of European Union goods, which took effect on Oct. 18, a move that has fueled trade tensions between the two sides. (US-EU-Aircraft Subsidy)

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PARIS -- France is sending two Rafale fighter jets and the naval frigate Lafayette to the Eastern Mediterranean, the French Ministry of Armed Forces said Thursday.

The reinforcement came as tensions between Turkey and Greece flared up over energy explorations in the waters. (Greece-Turkey-Mediterranean)

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DHAKA -- The floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water in parts of Bangladesh has killed at least 212 since June 30, authorities said Thursday.

According to the daily flood report of the country's Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room on Thursday, most victims have drowned but some died in snake bites and lightning in the flood-hit areas. (Bangladesh-Floods-Death)

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