Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, June 23

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SYDNEY -- Incumbent Taneti Maamau has won the presidential election in Kiribati, Chief Justice Sir John Muria announced on Tuesday, according to state media Radio Kiribati.

"I hereby declare that the successful candidate and, therefore, the president-elect of Kiribati is Taneti Maamau," Muria said. (Kiribati-President-Election)

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MUMBAI -- Mumbai has launched a rapid action plan called "Mission Zero" to bring down the COVID-19 positive cases in the city, a statement by the city's civic authority said late Monday.

The ambitious project by BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation will comprise of 50 mobile dispensary vans going to different areas to conduct preliminary check-up and identify patients in the country's financial capital where the positive cases are over 67,000 and active cases are close to 30,000.

Deaths due to COVID-19 crossed the 14,000 mark, reaching 14,011, as the total cases reached 440,215 in India, said the latest data issued by the federal health ministry on Tuesday. (India-Mumbai-Mission Zero)

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WASHINGTON -- Police on Monday night used a chemical irritant to disperse protesters who were attempting to topple a statue of former U.S. President Andrew Jackson in a park near the White House, local media reported.

Before the police intervention, the protesters threw ropes around the statue in Lafayette Square and began trying to pull it down, chanting "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson's got to go," said the reports. (US-White House-Statue)

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LISBON -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on Monday that Europe needs a "fast reindustrialization" because it has already "lost a lot of time and is at risk of losing a leading role in the world industry."

"The resurgence, the industrial renaissance of Europe is fundamental," the president said in a video conference at the Innovation Summit 2020 event, from COTEC Portugal -- the main Portuguese business association. (Portugal-President-Industry) Enditem

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