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World 23 Dec 2020 | 6:25 AM

Oil prices drop as demand fears linger

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Oil prices fell on Tuesday as traders grew concerned over weaker demand for fuel after a new strain of COVID-19 detected in Britain prompted fresh mobility restrictions.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 6:00 AM

Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 22

RABAT -- A delegation of high-ranking U.S. and Israeli officials landed in Moroccan capital Rabat on Tuesday on the first commercial flight between Israel and Morocco, which agreed recently to normalize ties.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 5:06 AM

U.S. dollar rises amid increasing safe-haven demand

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. dollar advanced in late trading on Tuesday as concerns over a new strain of COVID-19 detected in Britain overshadowed progress in U.S. fiscal stimulus, bolstering demand for the safe-haven currency.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 4:38 AM

Bolivia bans flights from Europe due to new coronavirus strain

LA PAZ, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Bolivian government on Tuesday said it will ban flights from Europe between Dec. 25 and Jan. 8, in a bid to prevent the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 3:17 AM

Roundup: Turkey isolates 4,603 passengers from Britain, Iraq imposes travel ban on 8 countries over concerns about new COVID-19 strain

CAIRO, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Turkey has put 4,603 passengers from Britain under quarantine, while Iraq imposed on Tuesday a travel ban on eight countries, including Britain, in a bid to contain the spread of a newly-found COVID-19 strain.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 1:51 AM

NYS COVID-19 test positivity rate, hospitalizations trend up: governor

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Of the 164,868 COVID-19 tests reported on Monday in New York State, 9,716 were positive, or 5.89 percent of the total, up from 5.75 percent one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

World 23 Dec 2020 | 12:53 AM

UK records highest daily number of coronavirus cases

LONDON, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Another 36,804 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the highest daily increase of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in the country, according to official figures released Tuesday.