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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 19

19 Oct 2020, 16:18 GMT+10

BRUSSELS -- A pan-European telecoms association has warned against banning Chinese equipment vendors, saying that the consequences would be costs increase and delay of 5G networks deployment.

In a recent statement, the European Competitive Telecommunications Association said it "denounces any bans of Chinese 5G suppliers for geopolitical reasons and emphasizes that such decisions can only be justified on the basis of well-established facts." (Europe-China-Telecoms-Huawei)

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HANOI -- Floods, landslides and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 90 people dead and 34 others missing in Vietnam's central region over the past two weeks, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Monday.

The fatalities were mainly reported in the provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, according to the committee's latest report. (Vietnam-Natural Disasters)

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YANGON -- Four people were killed and one is still missing in a car crash in Myanmar's Shan State, state-run media reported on Monday.

The accident took place near Naunghin village of Muse District at 9 a.m. local time on Sunday. (Myanmar-Car Accident)

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LA PAZ -- The presidential candidate of Bolivia's Citizen Community party, Carlos Mesa, on Sunday urged voters to go to the polls, await the results patiently and act prudently once the results are out.

"We are calling on the population to be patient and prudent with the results... We will act with great prudence knowing that any statement could generate unnecessary disputes when pronouncements are made in a hurry," Mesa told reporters as he cast his vote in La Paz. (Bolivia-Election)

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