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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Jan. 21

21 Jan 2021, 15:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to revoke the existing presidential permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry oil from Canada to the American Gulf Coast.

Oil industry groups and Republicans in the United States opposed the move, arguing it would result in job losses and put energy security at risk. But environmental groups and Democrats praised Biden's decision, arguing the Keystone XL project would worsen climate change. (US-Canada-Pipeline)

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NEW YORK -- A helicopter with New York Army National Guard crashed in upstate New York on Wednesday evening, said a statement by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Three members died in the accident within the town of Mendon, the statement said. (US-National Guard-Crash)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating soared 5.7 percentage points over the week to 43.6 percent this week, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

It marked the highest in eight weeks as voters positively saw the president's New Year press conference earlier this week. (S. Korea-President-Rating)

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LOS ANGELES -- California on Wednesday became the first state in the United States to register more than 3 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, showed data released by the state health authorities.

The California Department of Public Health confirmed 22,403 new COVID-19 infections in a daily release, pushing its cumulative cases up to 3,019,371. The Golden state is the most populous U.S. state with a population of around 40 million.

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