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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, June 11

12 Jun 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan is an important and reliable partner for the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Thursday.

"We intend to further develop our mutually beneficial cooperation," he told the 33rd plenary meeting of Kazakhstan's Council of Foreign Investors. (Kazahkstan-China-BRI)

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HAVANA -- Cuban banks will temporarily suspend in-person deposit of U.S. dollars starting from June 21, the island's government announced Thursday.

Speaking on TV, Marta Sabina, president of Cuba's National Bank, said that the intensification of the U.S. embargo against the Caribbean nation had affected the national banking system. (Cuba-Suspension-USD Deposit)

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WASHINGTON -- 2020 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, primarily because of COVID-19, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The United States saw remarkable increases in the death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020, said the report, citing researchers. (China-US-COVID-19)

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NAIROBI -- Kenya should prioritize domestic financing for national programs aimed at combating HIV/AIDS, a United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) official said Friday.

"Kenya requires innovative alternative sources for HIV resources to reach many people and also help suppress the spread of the virus," Medhin Tsehaiu, UNAIDS country director for Kenya said at a forum in Nairobi. (Kenya-Health-HIV)

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