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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, June 14

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14 Jun 2021, 17:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his solidarity with persons with albinism on Sunday, which is the International Albinism Awareness Day.

Albinism, a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition found in both men and women, presents as a lack of melanin pigmentation in hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to the sun and bright light.

(UN-Chief-Disease)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose 0.2 percentage points over the week to 38.5 percent last week, a weekly poll showed Monday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs fell 0.3 percentage points to 57.6 percent, according to the Realmeter survey.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party slipped 0.5 percentage points from a week earlier to 29.2 percent last week. (South Korea-President-Polling)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday offered congratulations to Naftali Bennett as Israel's new prime minister.

In a phone call with Bennett, Biden highlighted his decades of support for the bilateral relations and his unwavering commitment to Israel's security, according to a White House statement.

The two leaders agreed to consult closely on regional security issues, including Iran, said the statement. (U.S.-Israel-Ties)

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's Northern Cape Province on Sunday said it recorded a "considerable" decrease in COVID-19 infections in schools for the past week, after dozens of schools were closed from early this month.

A total of 103 new positive cases were recorded in schools over the week, "much lower" compared to the previous weeks, the provincial education department said in a statement. (South Africa-Pandemic)

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