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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 26

26 Jan 2023, 10:44 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- Data-driven tools and strategies must lead counter-terrorism efforts and be at the heart of building peace and security, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.

"Data drives every aspect of economic, business and social life," he said in remarks to a meeting of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact. "Combined with a lawless cyberspace, data also fuels the increasingly intertwined world of terror and crime." (UN-Counter-Terrorism)

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KINSHASA -- At least 20 people were injured late Wednesday during a bomb attack at a small market in the city of Beni of the North Kivu province in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an army spokesman told Xinhua.

Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, spokesman for the Congolese army in the Beni region, said an improvised explosive device was placed in a bag containing cassava near a flour milling machine at the market. (DRC-ADF-Attack)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that his administration will provide Ukraine with 31 U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks, which Russia has said will be its target if they were to be used in the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev.

"Today I'm announcing that the United States will be sending 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the equivalent of one Ukrainian battalion," Biden said, addressing the nation in televised remarks from the White House. (US-Ukraine-Tanks)

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OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada on Wednesday increased its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent.

The bank's governing council expects to hold the policy rate at its current level while it assesses the impact of the cumulative interest rate increases, the central bank said in a press release. (Canada-Interest Rate)

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TOKYO -- One person was confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a cargo ship capsized off Nagasaki prefecture in southwestern Japan, the Chinese Consulate-General in Nagasaki confirmed Wednesday.

According to the consulate-general, 14 Chinese and eight crew members from Myanmar were on the Hong Kong-registered cargo ship. (Japan-Cargo Ship-Nagasaki)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian on Wednesday after he attempted to stab them at a military post in the occupied West Bank, the military said.

The Palestinian suspect "attempted to carry out a stabbing attack" on a road outside Kdumim, an Israeli settlement west of Nablus city, said a military statement. (Israel-Palestinian Stabbing-Killing)

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