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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 25

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25 Oct 2020, 21:44 GMT+10

LAGOS -- Nigerian police said a national crackdown has been launched on all criminal activities to make the country safe, after reports of suspected hoodlums hiding under the guise of protesters to loot and destroy public and private assets.

Frank Mba, national police spokesperson, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said the police authority has ordered the immediate mobilization of all police operational assets and resources to bring to an end the violence in some parts of the country. (Nigeria-Crackdown)

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BANGKOK -- Thai health authorities Sunday said COVID-19 virus was found on the surface of fitness equipment in a hotel gym where an infected patient was quarantined.

"However, rest assured, health officials had conducted swab tests on 67 people in the hotel and all were cleared of infection," said Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health. (Thailand-COVID-19)

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LAGOS -- At least six Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian police in a gunfight as they attempted to take over a community in the northeastern state of Yobe, a police spokesperson said Sunday.

The police engaged the Boko Haram militants in a gunfight on Saturday, as they targeted Babangida town in Tarmuwa local government area of the state, Dungus Abdulkarim, the police spokesperson, told Xinhua in Damaturu, the state capital. (Nigeria-Militants-Attack)

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JAKARTA -- As many as 253 medical staff members in Indonesia have died during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an official on Sunday.

"The loss of medical staff members is irreplaceable in a short time," said Eka Mulyana, a member of the mitigation team of the Indonesian Medical Association. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients Sunday increased to almost 90 percent, India's health ministry said.

"Till now, 7,078,123 patients have been cured and 668,154 patients are under active medical supervision," the ministry said. "The recovery rate is now 89.99 percent." (India-COVID-19-Recovery rate)

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ISLAMABAD -- Police in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi arrested two militants after a clash, local media reported on Sunday.

Police tried to stop the militants for snap check at a picket, but they escaped by opening fire at police party which remained safe in the attack, Samaa News said. (Pakistan-Police-Militants)

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VICTORIA -- Seychelles opposition candidate Wavel Ramkalawan from the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa party (Seychelles Democratic Union) won the presidential election with 54.9 percent of total votes, said electoral commission chairman Danny Lucas on Sunday.

Danny Faure, the incumbent president and candidate from the United Seychelles party, received 43.5 percent of ballots. (Seychelles-President-Election)

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