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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Sept. 20

20 Sep 2020

DAMASCUS -- The Syrian government on Saturday expressed support for the China-proposed Global Initiative on Data Security that aims to tackle issues emerging in the field of data security.

In a statement carried by state news agency SANA, the Syrian foreign ministry said that in light of the information revolution, digital economy, and within the framework of keenness on data security, the Syrian government strongly backs the Chinese initiative on data security. (Syria-China-Data)

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LOS ANGELES -- Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok on Saturday voiced hope that an agreement reached by its Chinese parent company ByteDance with Oracle and Walmart will "resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the U.S."

The Los Angeles-based company issued a statement Saturday afternoon, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had approved a deal between the three parties. (US-China-TikTok,2nd LD)

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Hong Kong -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted 6 km NNE of Falam, Myanmar at 01:59:05 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 56.69 km, was initially determined to be at 22.9652 degrees north latitude and 93.7083 degrees east longitude. (Myanmar-Earthquake)

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TRIPOLI -- The Libyan Coast Guard on Saturday rescued 128 illegal immigrants off the country's western coast, authorities said.

"The Coast and Ports Guard handed over to the Tripoli reception center 128 illegal immigrants, who were on rubber boats (at sea)," the Anti-Illegal Immigration Department said. (Libya- Illegal Immigration)

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ACCRA -- At least six teenage footballers were killed and 30 others injured in a road accident in Ghana's southern Ashanti region on Saturday, local police said.

Edmund Nyamekye, commander of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department, told the media that four of the injured had been rushed to hospital and were in critical condition. (Ghana-Road Accident)

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