Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, Oct. 18

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PARIS -- France reported 32,427 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, a new high of daily tally, according to the data released by the Public Health Agency on Saturday.

The previous daily record, at 30,621 cases, was set on Thursday. (France-Coronavirus)

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KHARTOUM -- The Sudanese Police on Saturday announced that 66 hostages held by human trafficking groups have been freed.

"Gedaref State Police managed to free 66 Ethiopian and Sudanese victims at Al-Quraisha locality on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border who have been held by a network active in human trafficking," said a statement by Sudanese Police Press Office. (Sudan-Human Trafficking-Hostages)

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ANKARA -- Turkish security forces killed six members of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said on Saturday.

"Six YPG/PKK terrorists, who opened harassing fire at the Operation Euphrates Shield zone and attempted to infiltrate, have been neutralized by our heroic commandos," the ministry said in a statement. (Turkey-YPG-Deaths)

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WASHINGTON -- At least 3 people were injured in an explosion at a strip mall in Harrisonburg, U.S. state Virginia, on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

All of them were transported to a nearby hospital, two of them with serious injuries, according to local media reports. (US-Mall-Explosion) Enditem

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