Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, April 20

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GENEVA — While the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to expand worldwide vaccine production, only one percent of the 100 million doses administered last week went to lowest-income countries, officials of the Geneva-based organization said Monday.

Close to “99 million doses of vaccines last week went into high- and upper-middle-income and some low- and middle-income countries, but only one percent of that went to the lowest-income countries,” said Bruce Aylward, Senior Advisor to the WHO Director-General on Organizational Change at a press conference. (WHO-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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N’DJAMENA — Incumbent Chadian President Idriss Deby has won the absolute majority in the first round of the presidential election, according to provisional results announced Monday evening by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the central African nation.

According to the CENI, Deby received 3,663,431 votes, or 79.32 percent of all votes cast. Voter turnout was 64.81 percent. The Constitutional Council will proclaim the final results in the days that come. (Chad-Presidential Election)

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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations has temporarily halted humanitarian aid operations in Nigeria’s northern Borno State because of violence, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also relocated its staff after attacks earlier this month on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (UN-Niger-Assistance-Suspension)

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HAVANA — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel was elected Monday the new First Secretary of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), as the successor to Raul Castro, local media reported.

The announcement was made during the final session of the Eighth Congress of the PCC as the island nation marks the 60th anniversary of the victory against the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion. (Cuba-Communist Party-Congress)

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