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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Feb. 25

25 Feb 2021, 16:44 GMT+10

TRIPOLI -- At least 41 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast in a shipwreck, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

According to testimonies of the 77 migrants who were rescued by a commercial vessel, a total of 120 people were on a dinghy that left Libya on Feb. 18, including six women, one of whom was pregnant, and four children, UNHCR and IOM said in a statement. (Libya-Migrants-Shipwreck)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's central bank on Thursday froze its policy rate at a record low on lingering worry about the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

Bank of Korea (BOK) Governor Lee Ju-yeol and six monetary policy board members decided to leave the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate unchanged at an all-time low of 0.50 percent. The rate has been kept in place since May last year.

It was in line with market expectations. According to a Korea Financial Investment Association (KFIA) survey of 100 fixed-income experts, 99 percent predicted the rate freeze. (South Korea-Policy Rate)

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil registered 1,428 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, the fourth highest number of daily fatalities since the start of the pandemic, raising its nationwide death toll to 249,957, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

The ministry also said tests detected 66,588 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total COVID-19 caseload to 10,324,463. (Brazil-COVID-19)

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MAPUTO -- A batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China arrived here on Wednesday to help the African country fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was also the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines received by the country.

Speaking after a delivery ceremony at the airport, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario praised China's role in fighting the pandemic and thanked the Chinese people for the friendship, adding that "the rapid availability of vaccines against COVID-19 reflects the commitment and determination" of both the Chinese and Mozambican governments in guaranteeing people's well-being. (Mozambique-China-COVID-19 Vaccine)

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