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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 23

23 Oct 2020, 15:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The second and final round of U.S. presidential debate between incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden kicked off Thursday night, offering voters the last chance before Election Day to see the candidates facing each other head-on and making their cases for the presidency.

Held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the debate, which runs for an uninterrupted period of 90 minutes, will feature six topics chosen by NBC News' White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who moderates the event. They are "Fighting COVID-19," "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership." (US-Presidential Debate)

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MUMBAI-- A major fire broke out in City Center mall at Mumbai Central area on Thursday night, and was not under control as of Friday morning, local media reported.

Fire officials deployed around 250 firemen and 24 fire engines in the fire fighting operation. All in the mall were evacuated safely. About 3,500 people were evacuated from the adjacent building, The Times of India newspaper reported. (India-Fire)

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JOHANNESBURG -- The African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday called on the continent's Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to prepare to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement effective from Jan. 1, 2021.

Ramaphosa made the remarks in his closing address at the second AU mid-year coordinating meeting, expressing satisfaction with the progress made to achieve the continent's Agenda 2063, Africa's development blueprint, which gave birth to the AfCFTA idea. (South Africa-AfCFTA)

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DAMASCUS -- A drone attack targeted a meeting of rebel commanders in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Thursday evening, killing 15 people, including a civilian, a war monitor reported.

The attack was believed to be carried out by the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Rebels-Drone Attack)

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