Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 8

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SEOUL -- A South Korean court on Friday ordered Japan's government to pay damages to the South Korean victims who were forced into sex slavery for the Imperial Japan's military brothels during World War II.

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Japan should pay reparations of 100 million won (91,200 U.S. dollars) to each of 12 plaintiffs, who filed a petition for dispute settlement with the court in August 2013. (S.Korea-Japan-Sex Slavery)

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Department of Public Health updated its official Travel Advisory, suggesting that residents avoid travel to any part of the state more than 193 km from their homes and strongly discouraging non-essential travelers from other states or countries.

The document signed on Wednesday noted all these measure were necessary steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 and contain new sources of infection. (US-California-COVID)

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ADDIS ABABA -- The security situation in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray regional state "remains volatile," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said Thursday.

"The security situation in Tigray remains volatile with a gradual improvement in some areas in the Eastern and Western Zones, although insecurity and bureaucratic constraints remain," the UNOCHA said in its situation report published on Thursday. (Ethiopia-Tigray-Conflict)

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WASHINGTON -- Media reports regarding the death of a United States Capitol Police (USCP) officer are not accurate, said USCP in a statement on Thursday.

"Although some officers were injured and hospitalized yesterday, no USCP officers have passed away," it said, adding that "should a statement become necessary, the Department will issue one at the appropriate time." (US-Capitol Police) Enditem

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