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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Nov. 24

24 Nov 2020, 15:59 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Monday told Joe Biden it was ready to begin the formal presidential transition process for him.

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy told Biden in a letter that she was prepared to make "post-election resources and services available" for Biden's transition to the White House, stressing that despite "recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results," she made her decision "independently, based on the law and available facts." (US-Election-Biden)

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GENEVA -- "There is now real hope that vaccines, in combination with other tried and tested public health measures, will help to end the pandemic," said the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday.

The WHO chief's remarks came after drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine, developed with Oxford University, was up to 90 percent effective, making it the third major drug company after Pfizer and Moderna to have reported late-stage data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. (WHO-COVID-19-Vaccines)

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MANAGUA -- A passenger truck plunged off a road in Nicaragua's Montanita area about 15 km from the Waslala urban area on Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 25 more, police said.

According to media reports, the dead included 12 females and 5 males. (Nicaragua-Truck Accident)

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SEOUL -- South Korea will raise its social-distancing rules to the third-highest level for two weeks from Tuesday through Dec. 7 in the Seoul metropolitan area amid the soaring COVID-19 cases in the capital area.

The country's five-tier social-distancing regulations will be lifted to Level 2 in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province for two weeks, according to the health authorities. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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