Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 26

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BEIJING -- The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) started its fifth plenary session in Beijing on Monday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a work report on behalf of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and explained a draft document on proposals for the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035. (China-CPC-Plenum)

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HARARE -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday thanked China and Russia for standing by Zimbabwe in its consistent call for the unconditional removal of Western sanctions.

In a speech to mark the Southern African Development Community (SADC) anti-sanctions day, Mnangagwa paid tribute to the two countries, SADC, the African Union, and other countries around the globe for their support. (Zimbabwe-China-Support)

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QUITO -- Mayor of Ecuador's capital Quito, Jorge Yunda, said Sunday that he will quarantine himself "as the regulation requires" after testing positive for COVID-19.

"The activities we carry out expose us more to the virus, and although we take every measure, I want to inform you that I tested positive in my last test," Yunda tweeted. (Ecuador-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 7,909,959 as 45,148 more cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry on Monday.

The death toll surged to 119,014, with 480 deaths recorded since Sunday morning. (India-COVID-19)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the joint statement on Sunday by the United States, Armenia and Azerbaijan announcing that a previously reached humanitarian cease-fire agreement will take effect at 8 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) on Monday, said his spokesman.

Guterres commended the facilitation efforts of the United States, with the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs, said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement. (UN-Armenia-Azerbaijan) Enditem

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