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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Aug. 10

10 Aug 2020, 20:30 GMT+10

COLOMBO -- All state-owned schools across Sri Lanka re-opened on Monday after being shut for over a month amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected more than 2,800 people in the island country, the Education Ministry said.

Schools re-opened for all grades under strict health guidelines which included students wearing face masks and maintaining hand hygiene at regular intervals. (Sir Lanka-Schools-Reopening)

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MINSK -- Incumbent Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term with 80.23 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential elections, Lidia Yermoshina, chief of the Central Election Commission, told a press briefing on Monday morning.

Lukashenko garnered 80.23 percent of the vote, while opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, his main rival, won nearly 9.9 percent. Anna Kanopatskaya got 1.68 percent, Andrei Dmitriyev 1.04 percent, Sergei Cherechen 1.13 percent, and none of the above 6.02 percent, Yermoshina said. (Belarus-Lukashenko-Elections)

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NEW DELHI -- India's former president Pranab Mukherjee on Monday tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement was made by Mukherjee himself on social media. (India- Former president-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- A total of eight people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on a toll road linking the capital city of Jakarta to West Java early on Monday, local authorities said.

The crash involved a bus carrying 16 passengers and a car with eight people on board. (Indonesia-Road Accident-Toll)

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ISLAMABAD -- A blast triggered by an improvised explosive device hit a government vehicle in Pakistan's southwest Chaman city of Balochistan province on Monday, leaving at least five people dead and 15 others injured, police said.

A station house officer in Chaman told local media that the vehicle of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) came under attack near the Mall Road area of Chaman, bordering Afghanistan. (Pakistan-Blast-Toll)

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