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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Jan. 20

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21 Jan 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

LOS ANGELES -- Early data suggests COVID-19 was still a leading cause of death in the United States in 2022, CNN said in a recent report.

COVID-19 has killed more than one million people in the United States since the start of the pandemic, and life expectancy has been cut by nearly 2.5 years since 2020, said the report on Tuesday. (U.S.-Coronavirus-Deaths)

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BEIJING -- Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Friday held a phone conversation with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

As a major country of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indonesia is also an important partner of Belt and Road cooperation, Qin noted. (China-Indonesia-FM)

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DAVOS, Switzerland -- Energy experts at the World Economic Forum (WEF) have emphasized the importance of securing energy supply and the green transition in tackling the energy crisis and building a clean, sustainable future.

The current energy crisis is not the first for some countries, but it is the first at a truly global level, due to the interconnection of energy markets. (Davos-Energy Security)

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SEOUL -- South Korea on Friday protested against Japan's repeated bid to include its war-linked mine in the UNESCO heritage list, renewing diplomatic rows between Seoul and Tokyo over historical issues.

South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement that it regrets the Japanese government resubmitting the nomination of "Sado Island Gold Mines" for the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (South Korea-Japan-UNESCO Heritage Bid)

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LIBREVILLE -- Gabon's Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo died of a heart arrest, the Gabonese government announced in a statement on Friday.

"On January 20, 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Moussa-Adamo suffered a heart arrest (...) Admitted to intensive care and despite the efforts of specialists, the death was confirmed at 12:12 p.m. today," the statement said. (Gabon-FM)

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