Wed, 20 Jan 2021

SYDNEY -- Residents in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) were warned on Thursday to prepare for a weekend of unusually high temperatures with a "severe" chance of bushfires.

Maximum temperatures were forecast to be over 40 degrees centigrade in some places, with maximum temperatures 15 to 18 degrees hotter than the November average. (Australia-Bushfires)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 9,266,705 on Thursday, as 44,489 new cases were registered, according to the latest data from the country's health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 135,223 as 524 COVID patients have died since Wednesday morning. (India-COVID-19-Tally)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose 0.7 percentage points over the week to 43.4 percent this week, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 0.4 percentage points to 52.6 percent, according to the Realmeter survey. (South Korea-President-Approval Rating)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) started with a vision of connectivity and openness.

In his virtual address at the Country Strategy Dialogue on Pakistan organized by World Economic Forum on Wednesday, the prime minister said that through enhanced road connectivity under CPEC, distances within his country have shrunk, and the planned modernization of railway lines in the next phase of CPEC is expected to help connect the region. (Pakistan-China-CPEC)

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