Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Nov. 18

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BEIJING -- BRICS countries have agreed to strengthen economic and trade cooperation in the next five years, according to China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Member countries have decided to improve trade facilitation and are committed to safeguarding the multilateral trading system as part of efforts to enhance anti-pandemic cooperation, said Chen Chao, an official with the MOC. (China-BRICS-Trade)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday approved the extension of an emergency decree for 45 days to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The extension will span through the New Year festival and an international badminton tournament, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin confirmed. (Thailand-COVID-19-Emergency)

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NAIROBI -- Three medical officers were arrested Wednesday from a public hospital in the Kenyan capital in connection with a child trafficking syndicate, police said.

The three were arrested during a sting operation to unearth organized crime amid reports that public hospitals and children's homes in Nairobi are involved in the syndicate, Police Inspector-General Hilary Mutyambai. (Kenya-Crime)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel reopened the tourist areas in the Dead Sea and the southernmost resort city of Eilat on Wednesday, two months after a full lockdown over the COVID-19 concerns in the country, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism said.

The two tourist sites were reopened following a decision taken by the Israeli Corona Cabinet to declare them "green" in order to prevent the collapse of the tourism industry. (Israel-Tourism)

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CAIRO -- Egypt delivered on late Tuesday 31 ancient Chinese coins to the Chinese embassy in Cairo.

In a ceremony held at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany delivered the coins to the Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang.

During the ceremony, 69 other coins were delivered to Saudi Arabia and India. (Egypt-China-Ancient Coins) Enditem

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