Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 15

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported on Sunday 12,543 new cases of COVID-19, its highest daily figure so far, taking the total infections in the country to 762,068.

And 2,544 of the new infected had to be hospitalized, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said at her daily briefing. (Iran-Coronavirus)

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ADDIS ABABA -- The governmental Ethiopia Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said on Sunday up to 34 people are believed to have been killed in a recent armed attack.

In a press statement sent to Xinhua, EHRC said an armed attack in Ethiopia's western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state on Saturday left 34 people dead. (Ethiopia-Armed Attack)

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BUCHAREST -- Moldovan voters started casting ballots Sunday morning in a presidential runoff between incumbent President Igor Dodon and Maia Sandu, a former prime minister.

None of the candidates met the required threshold for victory in the first round of elections earlier this month. (Moldova-Presidential Runoff)

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ULAN BATOR -- The Mongolian government on Sunday extended a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic by two weeks until Dec. 1.

Mongolia imposed a national lockdown effective from 6 a.m. on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday) after the country confirmed its first COVID-19 case of local transmission, involving a woman who is the wife of a 29-year-old infected Mongolian transport driver. (Mongolia-Coronavirus-Lockdown) Enditem

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