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World 19 Nov 2020 | 1:16 AM

Shanghai named world's "smartest city"

SHANGHAI, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai was named the world's "smartest city" on Wednesday at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), becoming the first Chinese city to win this award.

World 19 Nov 2020 | 12:43 AM

Shootings in NYC nearly double as arrests for serious crimes fall

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Shootings in New York City have nearly doubled this year, while arrests for major crimes have decreased, The New York Times on Wednesday quoted New York Police Department (NYPD) sources as saying.

World 18 Nov 2020 | 6:55 AM

No parades allowed in 2021 carnival in U.S. New Orleans due to COVID-19

HOUSTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The traditional carnival parades in 2021 in the U.S. city of New Orleans has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19, local media reported Tuesday.

World 18 Nov 2020 | 6:46 AM

Ecuadorian cities cancel holiday celebrations as COVID-19 cases rise

QUITO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Ecuador's two largest cities, Quito and Guayaquil, on Tuesday announced the cancellation of Christmas and New Year's celebrations due to a sustained increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

World 18 Nov 2020 | 2:24 AM

Spotlight: Mideast mired in virus spread, economic woes as 4 mln COVID-19 cases confirmed

CAIRO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The countries in the Middle East are under mounting pressure to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 and deal with rising economic woes, as the region's tally of infections has crossed the 4 million-mark.

World 18 Nov 2020 | 12:17 AM

NYC COVID-19 infection rate trends down slightly: mayor

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 infection rate on 7-day average in New York City was 2.74 percent, slightly down from 2.77 percent one day earlier, tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday.