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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Aug. 7

07 Aug 2020, 15:51 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with Chinese tech firm ByteDance, owner of popular video-sharing app TikTok, starting in 45 days, a controversial move widely criticized by experts.

The app has been downloaded over 175 million times in the United States and over one billion times globally, according to the executive order, which claims that the app automatically captures "vast swaths of information" from its users, posing risks to U.S. "national security." (US-China-TikTok)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally crossed 2 million mark on Friday, reaching 2,027,074, the federal health ministry said.

As many as 62,538 new cases were detected in the country in the past 24 hours. A total of 886 people died since Thursday, taking the death toll to 41,585, showed the ministry's data. (India-COVID-19-Caseload)

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OTTAWA -- Canada has vowed to take countermeasures after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to re-impose a 10-percent tariff on Canadian aluminum imports, citing national security concerns.

"In response to the American tariffs announced today, Canada will impose countermeasures that will include dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday evening. "We will always stand up for our aluminum workers. We did so in 2018 and we will stand up for them again now." (Canada-US-Aluminum Tariff)

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NEW YORK -- U.S. COVID-19 deaths have surpassed the 160,000 mark to reach 160,090 as of 21:48 p.m. local time on Thursday (0148 GMT Friday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 4,881,974, according to the CSSE. (US-COVID-19-Caseload)

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