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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 18

18 Oct 2021, 15:30 GMT+10

HOUSTON -- One person was killed and seven others injured in a shooting at Grambling State University in southern U.S. state Louisiana on Sunday, local authorities said.

Among the injured, one is in critical condition, Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Michael Reichardt said at a news conference. (U.S.-Shooting-Louisiana)

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KABUL -- People are struggling to cope with the incoming winter in the war-torn and cash-strapped Afghanistan, as the majority of the country's some 35 million population living under the poverty line and barely can bear the expenses of daily basic needs.

"The purchase of power is sliming day by day and people can't afford to buy wood or other necessities to cope with the winter and keep their homes warm in the chilly season," a wood buyer Yar Mohammad told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Winter-Prices)

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CANBERRA -- A team from Australia's national science agency has successfully tested the wastewater from long-haul flights for traces of the virus that causes COVID-19.

In a study published on Monday, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said it detected trace elements of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater samples from 24 of 37 flights carrying returning Australians from COVID-19 hotspots. (Australia-COVID-19-Virus Test)

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HAVANA -- The daily counts of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop in Cuba as the island's national immunization campaign took effect with homegrown COVID-19 vaccines.

Cuba on Sunday recorded 2,197 new cases and 21 deaths, taking the nationwide tallies to 934,965 and 8,058 respectively, according to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). (Cuba-COVID-19-Cases)

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SYDNEY -- After more than 100 days in lockdown, residents of Australia's most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) enjoy more freedom from Monday, as the state reached its 80-percent vaccination rate target.

However, people have been faced with new anxieties and challenges that come with re-adjusting to normal life. (Australia-COVID-19-Anxiety)

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