Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON -- The control of the U.S. Senate in the new Congress remains unclear Wednesday midnight after two neck-and-neck runoff races in the southeastern state of Georgia.

With at least 97 percent of estimated votes tallied, Democrat Raphael Warnock is roughly 35,000 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in a special election runoff, according to CNN. (US-Elections-Senate)

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ASADABAD, Afghanistan -- Two policemen have been confirmed dead as the Taliban insurgents stormed a checkpoint in Sarkano district of Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province on Tuesday, provincial police spokesman Farid Dehqan said Wednesday.

Two other policemen sustained injury in the attack which happened late Tuesday night, the official said. (Afghanistan-Attack)

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BUKAVU -- Two people died and over 20 others went missing after a motorized canoe sank early Wednesday on Lake Kivu, in South-Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities said.

At least 40 people survived the sinking, said Delphin Birimbi, president of a civil society organization based in South-Kivu. (DR Congo-Sinking)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Kevin Brady tweeted on Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 weeks after receiving a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"Tonite, the Office of House Physician informed me that I've tested positive for Covid 19 & am quarantined," Brady said.

"As recommended, I received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine Dec 18 & also recently tested negative for Covid on New Years Day. Begin treatment tomorrow. Shld be fine." (US-Republican-COVID-19) Enditem

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