Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Jan. 3

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ISLAMABAD -- Militants in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province killed 11 laborers of an ethnic minority, a spokesperson of the provincial government said on Sunday.

The laborers, working with a private contractor on a project to extract coal from a mine in the district, were attacked in their camp, Liaquat Shahwani, the spokesman told Xinhua. (Pakistan-Killing)

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LAGOS -- Airstrikes by Nigerian troops have destroyed a new Boko Haram settlement at Mana Waji in the restive northeastern state of Borno and killed several militants, an official said on Sunday.

The airstrikes were conducted by the air task force of Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday after a series of surveillance found the settlement, John Enenche, a military spokesperson said in a statement available to Xinhua. (Nigeria-Boko Haram-Attack)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Three people were killed and 66 others injured after a passenger train derailed in central Tanzania on Saturday evening, said the Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) on Sunday.

The train was ferrying 720 passengers from the country's port city Dar es Salaam to up-country regions of Tabora, Katavi, Kigoma and Mwanza, when it derailed 58 km from the capital Dodoma, the TRC said in a statement, adding that six of the 12 wagons derailed at around 7 p.m. local time in the Kigwe-Bahi area. (Tanzania-Train Accident)

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NEW YORK -- U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpassed 350,000 on Saturday evening, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the national case count topping 20.4 million, the death toll across the United States rose to 350,186 as of 11:22 p.m. local time (0422 GMT Sunday), according to the CSSE data. (U.S.-COVID-19 Deaths)

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LOS ANGELES -- Larry King, a talk show host and former CNN interviewer, was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to CNN.

Saturday's report cited sources close to the family, saying the 87-year-old King had been undergoing intensive treatment for over a week at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (U.S.-COVID-Larry King) Enditem

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