Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Aug. 26

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HOUSTON -- Some coastal areas in the U.S. state of Texas issued voluntary evaluation order on Tuesday as intensified Hurricane Laura moved from the Gulf of Mexico towards the coastline.

Texas' Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a voluntary evacuation effective immediately, saying that "all of us need to be prepared for the very real potential of a direct hit from the storm." (US-Hurricane)

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BRZZAVILLE -- The Africa Regional Certification Commissionfor Polio Eradication officially announced on Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus.

This marks the eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago. WHO Regional Office for Africa congratulated the continent on ending wild poliovirus. (Africa-Poliovirus)

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NEW YORK -- U.S.-listed Chinese companies traded roughly higher on Tuesday, with all the top 10 stocks by weight in the S&P U.S. Listed China 50 index ending the day on an upbeat note.

Shares of Pinduoduo and NetEase surged 4.91 percent and 4.32 percent, respectively, leading the gains in the top 10 stocks in the index. (US-Chinese firms-Stock)

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico will participate in clinical trials of a vaccine being developed by Italy against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

"We are very grateful to Italy," Ebrard said at a press conference, accompanied by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and authorities from the health sector. (Mexico-COVID-19)

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TUNIS -- Tunisian scientific committee for the fight against the coronavirus approved on Tuesday the health protocol for the start of the new school year slated for Sept. 15, reported Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

"The protocol provides for the application of physical distancing between pupils and also requires the wearing of masks for teachers and educational staff only," TAP quoted as saying Habib Guedira, member of the scientific committee for the fight against the coronavirus. (Tunisia-COVID-19)

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ROME -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Tuesday that China and Italy should work together to plan for the development of Sino-Italian relations in the next 50 years.

He made the remarks while meeting the press together with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio after their talks. (China-Italy-FM-Visit) Enditem

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