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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Aug. 11

11 Aug 2020, 16:05 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist, has warned that the United States seems to be headed for a greater recession compared with the 2008 financial crisis when the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging.

"The suspension of federal benefits would create damage almost as terrifying as the economic effects of the coronavirus," said Krugman in an opinion Coming Next: The Greater Recession published on Thursday. (US-Economic Recession-Coronavirus)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent the release of an Afghan man who killed three Australian soldiers.

Morrison said on Monday that his government would push "as hard as we can" in keeping the former Afghan soldier known as Hekmatullah who was convicted of murdering three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2012 behind bars. (Australia-US-Afghan Soldier)

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TRIPOLI -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said that 160 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast recently.

"IOM staff are at the disembarkation point in Tripoli to provide emergency assistance to 85 migrants returned by the coast guard. Last night, some 75 migrants were also returned to Zwara, Libya," IOM tweeted. (Libya-IOM-Immigrants)

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico reported 5,558 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 485,836, the country's health ministry said on Monday.

Meanwhile, 705 additional deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 53,003. (Mexico-Coronavirus)

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