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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 22

22 Jun 2021, 11:05 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- With strong winds and heavy rains, tropical storm Claudette roared off the coast of U.S. state North Carolina on Monday, after leaving at least 14 dead in southern U.S. state Alabama.

"Tropical Storm #Claudette will exit off the NC coast this morning, with mostly sunny conditions expected behind her," The U.S. National Weather Service office in Morehead City tweeted on Monday. (U.S.-Storm)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States on Monday announced sanctions against Belarusian individuals and entities over alleged human rights abuse and the Ryanair flight diversion incident.

The Treasury Department said in a statement that it had designated five entities and 16 individuals, including Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's press secretary and the chairperson of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, the Belarusian Parliament's upper house. (U.S.-Belarus-Sanctions)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will return to Moscow this week, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.

"We remain committed to open channels of communication with the Russian government," Price told reporters in a phone brief. "Both as a means to advance U.S. interests but also to reduce the risk of miscalculation between our two countries." (U.S.-Russia-Ties)

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CAIRO -- Two people were killed and six others injured on Monday in a train-bus collision in Helwan City near the capital Cairo, Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement.

The injuries were minor and varied between fractures and bruises, spokesperson for the ministry Khaled Mujahid said in a statement, adding that 16 ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the injured. (Egypt-Train accident)

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