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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be his energy secretary, multiple U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

Granholm will bring experience in promoting clean-energy manufacturing as Biden tries to implement a sweeping 2-trillion-U.S.-dollar climate plan, said an NPR report. (US-Politics)

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JAKARTA -- The first batch of 50-meter-long rails from China for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway (HSR) arrived at Indonesian Central Java province's port city Cilacap on Wednesday, the railway operator said here.

KCIC, a joint venture consortium by Chinese and Indonesian state-owned firms that will build and run the 142.3-km railway linking Jakarta and West Java's capital of Bandung, said the arrival of the first batch of rails marked significant progress of the track laying for the mega project. (Jakarta-Bandung- HSR)

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BEIJING -- Chinese authorities on Wednesday released the 2020 negative list for market access, which cut the number of items on the list to 123 from 131 in the previous year.

Altogether 14 regulations were removed from the list, including registration license for customs declaration enterprises and qualification approval for asset evaluation agencies to engage in securities services, according to the list jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce. (China-Negative-List)

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly 1,640,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, representing 12.2 percent of the caseload nationwide, according to a new joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association.

A total of 178,823 new child COVID-19 cases were reported over the past week from Dec. 3 to 10, the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began, said the report published Thursday. (US-Coronavirus-Children) Enditem

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